Improving Chronic Opioid Management in Primary Care

Stroudwater Associates recently launched a new service offering to help primary care clinics and provider practices learn about and implement the Six Building Blocks opioid management program.

The Six Building Blocks program is designed to help healthcare providers implement consistent, effective, guideline-driven care for patients on long-term opioid therapy. The program was developed by a physician-led team from the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. The Program has been adopted nationally as a component of the Implementation Package for the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

Our Approach
A clinician-led Stroudwater team assists primary care clinics and provider practices to customize and integrate the Six Building Blocks Program into daily operations utilizing team-based care principles, including the following:

Evaluate Current State

Review Chronic Pain and Opioid Therapy Management policies and procedures, workflows, clinical protocols, staffing and infrastructure, roles and responsibilities within the clinics/practices.

Conduct Interviews

Conduct interviews with Practice and Quality leadership and other key stakeholders, including physicians and providers.

Identify and Provide Resources

Provide resources such as template tools and forms, opioid management continuing education resources, etc. as needed.

Perform a Gap Analysis

Identify clinical operational gaps and performance improvement opportunities and make recommendations to Practice and Quality leadership.

Facilitate Virtual Action Planning Sessions

Facilitate staff/leadership working sessions to determine priorities and develop an organizational Six Building Blocks Program Implementation Action Plan.

Educate and Train

Conduct leadership, provider, and staff education and training regarding the Six Building Blocks Program.

Provide Ongoing Support

Provide ongoing virtual implementation coaching and support to participating clinics and practices as mutually agreed.
Evaluate Current State

Evaluate Current State

Review Chronic Pain and Opioid Therapy Management policies and procedures, workflows, clinical protocols, staffing and infrastructure, roles and responsibilities within the clinics/practices.
Conduct Interviews

Conduct Interviews

Conduct interviews with Practice and Quality leadership and other key stakeholders, including physicians and providers.
Identify and Provide Resources

Identify and Provide Resources

Provide resources such as template tools and forms, opioid management continuing education resources, etc. as needed.
Perform a Gap Analysis

Perform a Gap Analysis

Identify clinical operational gaps and performance improvement opportunities and make recommendations to Practice and Quality leadership.
Facilitate Virtual Action Planning Sessions

Facilitate Virtual Action Planning Sessions

Facilitate staff/leadership working sessions to determine priorities and develop an organizational Six Building Blocks Program Implementation Action Plan.
Educate and Train

Educate and Train

Conduct leadership, provider, and staff education and training regarding the Six Building Blocks Program.
Provide Ongoing Support

Provide Ongoing Support

Provide ongoing virtual implementation coaching and support to participating clinics and practices as mutually agreed.

The Opioid Management Team

Practice Leader

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