Representatives from ICSI announced efforts to improve postoperative opioid prescribing practices in Minnesota have resulted in significant risk reduction for patients requiring pain management after specific surgical procedures.
By Claire Neely, MD, FAAP
President & CEO
AS WE REFLECT ON 2020 we feel a deep gratitude for you, each of our members and partners of ICSI. The vital importance of your work and our healthcare systems has never been more evident than in 2020, and the critical need to take action together has never been so clear.
ICSI has always been known as an epicenter for evidence-based improvement and collaboration in healthcare - where healthcare leaders of all disciplines, care delivery, plans and others come together to drive improvement and innovation.
And ICSI is you. Thank you for sharing your time, expertise, financial support - and in this trying year, for helping to pivot ICSI to tackle the toughest health problems of our times. Click here to download more information about ICSI's accomplishments in 2020.
A new study about routine laboratory testing for psychiatric admissions, presented by ICSI collaborative member Kurt M. Isenberger, MD, was recently published. Common practice for psychiatric admissions in hospitals usually includes conducting laboratory testing.
Representatives from ICSI announced they have wrapped their first series of live, interactive sessions focused on sharing ways to proactively support the mental and emotional health of the healthcare workforce during the pandemic.
The sessions began on April 14, 2020 and continued on a bi-weekly basis through September of this year. Each session featured healthcare leaders presenting implementation strategies including models for intervention, peer support, stress reduction and other factors impacting the wellbeing of healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.
ICSI announced the introduction of two new tools to help identify and support safer opioid prescribing when pain management is required. The Opioid Prescribing Improvement Guide addresses opioid prescribing for patients with acute, subacute, and chronic pain and is accompanied by the Postoperative Prescribing Toolkit, focused specifically on the initial postoperative discharge and post-acute phase of opioid prescribing.
ICSI is proud to announce the creation of a joint commitment across health service providers and healthcare stakeholders throughout Minnesota to eliminate systemic racism and its negative impact on health and well-being.
Representatives from ICSI announced that Nathan Chomilo, MD, has been named to its Board of Directors. Dr. Chomilo, a pediatrician and internist who sees patients at Health Partners Park Nicollet Clinic – Brookdale, is also a well-known equity advocate working to reduce racial disparities in education and healthcare. Dr. Chomilo was hired by Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) as its Medicaid Medical Director in December of 2019.
When it comes to COVID-19, there is still much we don’t know. On the other hand, there is a lot that we DO know. As a healthcare provider and a leader, it’s disappointing how little that knowledge is being applied.