As you know, ICSI will be closing its doors officially on January 1, 2022. As we move closer to the year’s end, our staff, working group members and partners are working hard to ensure that all of our initiatives are successfully completed or fully transitioned to a new home. I wanted to take a moment […]
We are very proud of the way our team and ICSI working groups pivoted so rapidly to help serve the healthcare industry’s needs during this past year. In ICSI’s 2020 Annual Report we describe more about this pivot and how healthcare leaders came together with ICSI to engage in COVID-19 response activities. From a commitment […]
You’re probably aware that membership organizations have struggled in the past few years, and ICSI is no different. 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. I can’t deny that […]
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.
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.
The MN EHR Consortium leads the country in the use of aggregate data to help spot gaps in infection and testing rates, and COVID-19 vaccination distribution.
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 […]
ICSI’s Dr. Jodie Dvorkin, MPH and other physicians from Allina and HealthPartners featured in KSTP-TV news story on Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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.
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.