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RHPTP HELP Webinar: How to Implement Proven Opioid Stewardship Strategies while Integrating Quality Measures for Improved Population Health

National Rural Health Resource Center, Stratis Health, & Centracare


Erin Foss, RN, CARN - Stratis Health

Kurt Devine, MD, FASAM - CentraCare


As the opioid epidemic continues to surge, health care organizations struggle to cope with the significant increase in opioid misuse and overdose related deaths. During this session, we’ll dive into a proven opioid stewardship program that was successfully replicated across thirteen Minnesota rural health care organizations over the past six years. Learn how these communities were able to focus on appropriate opioid prescribing and medications for opioid use disorder treatment, bridge care gaps in disadvantaged, rural, and underserved populations, utilize EHR reports to identify at-risk patients, and evaluate multimodal strategies and approaches to ensure patient safety, retention, and satisfaction for overall improved population health.

Learning Objectives

Upon the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively perform patient safety, stigma, and harm reduction interventions
  • Apply non-punitive approaches and carefully curated scripting when identifying patients with addiction, and managing and maintaining patients on controlled substances
  • Demonstrate and evaluate multimodal opioid stewardship strategies for improved patient safety and overall population health
  • Effectively utilize data to support patient safety, quality improvement, and overall population health

Intended Audience

Physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing, care coordinators, social work, lab, rooming staff, and any other team members who have patient interaction or provide patient care.



Erin Foss, RN, CARN

Stratis Health
Program Manager/Nurse Specialist
Erin Foss

Kurt Devine, MD, FASAM

Kurt Devine

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