Over the course of three meetings and a kickoff event, the Practice Facilitator uses the Prepare & Launch Workbook to help practices establish their opioid improvement team, investigate their current opioid management practices, and begin to engage clinicians and staff to focus the work going forward.

Prepare & Launch Milestones Checklist

This is a starting list of milestones for this stage, which you can adapt to your needs.

Building Block Activities
Leadership & consensus

  • Learn what is needed to participate in the work and make a leadership commitment
  • Build an opioid improvement team
  • Learn about existing evidence, guidelines, and regulations as an opioid improvement team and as a clinic
  • Protect time for the opioid improvement team to meet
  • Host a Kickoff with all clinicians and staff, during which feedback is gathered and enthusiasm generated
Policies, patient agreements, and workflows

  • Locate and assess use of existing policies, agreements, and workflows
Tracking & monitoring patient care

  • Identify existing tracking and monitoring resources
  • Begin to create a list of patients on long-term opioid therapy
Planned, patient-centered visits

  • Locate and assess use of patient education/support resources related to opioid management
  • Investigate what currently happens during patient visits and refill requests related to opioid management
Caring for patients with complex needs

  • Locate existing assessment tools and resources for patients with complex needs (i.e. mental health, OUD services)
Measuring success

  • Complete the Self-Assessment as an opioid improvement team and as a clinic
  • Assess current status of Six Building Blocks through Prepare and Launch meetings
  • Produce and share with the clinic baseline data reports, as possible
  • Identify and share with the clinic stories that exemplify why this work is important
  • Begin identifying project aims