Featured Practice: Baptist Medical Group – Reducing Opioid Prescriptions

This week’s featured practice is from Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician practice that has led the way in reducing opioid prescriptions in the midsouth. By prioritizing and emphasizing new policies for opioid prescribing practices, this practice is showing its commitment to doing all it can to address the national opioid epidemic.

Baptist Medical Group (BMG) is the largest network of physicians in the midsouth and comprises more than 600 specialty and primary care providers across inpatient and outpatient settings in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Since its formation in 2010, BMG has grown to offer 30 specialties that include physical and behavioral healthcare and range from internal medicine to cardiology, oncology and others.

Prescription drug misuse and abuse, especially with opioids, is one of the most serious and costly issues facing the midsouth and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In contemplating what BMG providers could do to intervene, they decided to examine their prescribing practices for migraine headaches. With the help of TCPI, they created a new report to extract baseline data. All providers, regardless of specialty, were given individual reports on their prescribing habits along with best practice guidelines, which do not recommend opioid use. BMG leaders established organization wide goals for reduction and adopted a new controlled substance policy. The practice regularly monitors opioid registries that track prescriptions from its providers. Ongoing education on non-opioid treatment for migraines is provided to providers as well as patients.

BMG successfully reduced the number of opioid prescriptions by more than 25% over a 12-month period. The practice will continue to monitor progress and do all it can to promote alternative treatments.

For more information about BMG’s efforts in this critical area, you can read their full story here. For more information about the three steps of medication management and reconciliation, tune into Medication Management in the Practice Setting of our Best Practices Podcast series. 

The views expressed in this story are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of Baptist Medical Group.Additionally, this work was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, under grant number 1CMS331549-03-00. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.