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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Earlier this month Sanford Health Chief Medical Officer Allison Suttle, MD, recently wrote an insightful article for NEJM Catalyst  on the impact of COVID-19 in South Dakota. While hospitals in that state have not come close to filling the capacity prepared for the pandemic, the region, like many other rural areas across the country, is anticipating different kinds of surges as preventative health visits and vaccination rates plummet, unemployment rises, and many residents lose their healthcare.

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As we move toward resuming activities during the time of COVID-19, naturally the question arises as to whether or not our children should be back in school this fall. In a nutshell we need to determine – is school safe?It’s not a question that has a definitive answer. Like so many topics surrounding the pandemic, we need to consider many different factors and perhaps rephrase the question in several different ways.

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COVID-19 has created extraordinary challenges for medical professionals and institutions who care for those ill with the novel coronavirus. The sheer magnitude of the experience of treating COVID-19 patients and the risks that come with such work, alongside threats to global economies, social stabilities and entire ways of life, can cause significant trauma to health care workers.
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ICSI announced that the first edition of a new Mental Health Playbook is now available. The Playbook was created to provide planning and implementation strategies to support the current and long-term mental and emotional wellbeing of the healthcare workforce.

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The senseless loss of Mr. Floyd’s life has once again pointed out the deadliness of systemic racism, specifically as it shows up in our police systems. As we know, however, racism exists in many different levels within many different systems. As part of the healthcare system, our responsibility right now is to take a good hard look at ourselves.

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By Dr. Claire Neely, ICSI President & CEO Lately I’ve been part of several conversations centered on “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 and what that means for all of us.  The good news is that under the leadership of our local government and thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Minnesotans across the state, we have flattened it and moved towards a safe new normal.  We now have the hospital beds, ventilators and other equipment we need to care for the people who most certainly will continue to become seriously ill from COVID-19.
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