Through a Special Innovation Project (SIP), awarded from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), atom Alliance worked collaboratively with multiple partners and stakeholders and with area physicians, nurse practitioners and dentists in Clinton County, Indiana to decrease opioid use and prescribing.
In the first year of the project, 723 fewer opioid prescriptions were written by emergency department physicians. By January 2019, an 83 percent reduction in prescribing of opioids in the emergency department has been achieved for this Indiana community. This greatly reduced the number of opioid tablets available for misuse or diversion.
Now you can download our Project Implementation Guide to help your community develop a similar project and reduce opioid prescriptions from the emergency department.