Multistate Initiative to Address Opioid Crisis, Focus on Emergency Department

Posted on September 20, 2018

Roughly 30 attendees from 14 hospitals attended a kickoff event to learn about the Midwest Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) program.A recently published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Michigan experienced an 8 percent rise in opioid overdose-related deaths last year. The MHA Keystone Center, as part of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, launched a multistate initiative Sept. 11 to combat this ever-growing issue.

The MHA Keystone Center hosted a half-day meeting with emergency department (ED) teams at the MHA headquarters building in Okemos. The meeting drew roughly 30 attendees from 14 hospitals and explained the Midwest Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) program. The new program mirrors the ALTO program that was initially launched by the Colorado Hospital Association and reduced opioid use in 10 Colorado hospitals by 36 percent over six months.

The Sept. 11 event discussed the goal of the Midwest ALTO program, which is to reduce administration of opioids in EDs by 15 percent. In addition, participants learned the roles of pharmacists, physicians and nurses and how they function within the project, as well as the part that data plays in reaching the goal.  

Participants also worked on 30-, 60- and 90-day action plans and a pre-launch checklist and discussed action items to address before the official project launch in January 2019.

Members with questions or ED teams who are interested in participating in this initiative should contact Brittany Bogan at the MHA.


  • Multistate Initiative to Address Opioid Crisis, Focus on Emergency Department

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, opioid, ALTO Program

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