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From a commitment to health equity supported by 30 major Minnesota healthcare organizations to advancing our work in improving opioid prescription standards, to building best practices to help support the wellbeing of our healthcare heroes, ICSI has continued to play a vital role in our communities. Download our 2020 Annual Report.

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For several reasons beyond our control, our membership model has become increasingly vulnerable as financial support from ICSI members has declined. As a result, ICSI will cease operation at the end of 2021.

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A new site, Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Best Practices, provides clinical and implementation resources for clinicians treating patients with opioid use disorder in multiple settings including offices, emergency departments, and inpatient settings, and jails/correctional facilities. 

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Over the course of the past three years, ICSI has convened a group of Minnesota surgeons eager to develop a more patient-centered, procedure-specific approach to postoperative opioid prescriptions. One goal was to reduce the risk of addiction among postoperative patients while still providing effective pain management by creating recommendations that could a) reduce the variation among surgeons prescribing for identical procedures and b) provide evidence-based guidance for improving postoperative opioid prescribing practices across many different surgical procedures.

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We’re encouraged to see the advancement of the new Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment and Healing Unit (EmPATH) at St. Cloud Hospital, and we applaud the leaders at CentraCare Health for taking this innovative step. EmPATH, originally the “Alameda Model,” has been under the scrutiny of our ICSI mental health working group over the past couple of years, of which CentraCare is part. It is a promising addition to the mental health continuum for people in crisis. A study of the Alameda Model in 2014 showed that it reduced ED length-of-stay by over 80%, and approximately 76% of patients were able to be discharged from the unit avoiding unnecessary hospitalization. Similar results have been experienced in Billings, MT for a rural population. Learn more about the new EmPATH unit here.      

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Vaccination working group has created a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Designed as a tool for healthcare clinicians faced with a multitude of questions from patients and others as the new vaccines are rolled out, the FAQ covers a broad range of topics including vaccine availability, information about vaccine trials, and patient eligibility. The new COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ will be updated on a weekly basis as new information becomes available and more common questions emerge.

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Our work with 30 organizations to gain consensus on a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Minnesota healthcare industry was recently featured on KSTP-TV. Watch the story here.

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