Opioid Prescribing Guideline Implementation

Read Our Reports:

Opioid Prescribing Metrics (Adopted July 2017)
Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management (Adopted September 2017)
Prescribing Opioids for Postoperative Pain – Supplemental Guidance  (Adopted July 2018)

Developed in partnership with the Washington Health Alliance

Provider Fact Sheet: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Patient Fact Sheet: Opioid Medication & Pain: What You Need to Know

Upcoming Meetings:

Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will take place at:
The Foundation for Health Care Quality
705 Second Avenue, Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98104


Date Time Materials
CANCELLED: Wednesday, August 22
Wednesday, October 10 3:00 – 4:30pm TBD
CANCELLED: Wednesday, October 24


The Washington State Agency Medical Directors Group (AMDG) developed a comprehensive Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain in June 2015. The Guidelines were subsequently adopted by the Bree Collaborative at the July 2015 meeting. This workgroup will design and carry out strategies to implement the Guidelines.

This workgroup started meeting in December 2015.

Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
January 31 Agenda January 25
Minutes December 6
Post-op Opioid Prescribing Inclusion
February 28 Agenda February 28
Draft Minutes January 25
Johns Hopkins Recommended Guidelines
Draft Postperative Guideline
 May 5 Agenda May 2
Minutes February 28
Draft Supplemental Postoperative Opioid Prescribing to AMDG 2015 Guideline
June 27 Agenda June 27
Minutes May 2
Supplemental Guidance on Prescribing for Postoperative Pain

Supporting Materials:

Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting Opioids for Postoperative Pain Prescribing Guidelines

Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management Letter from the HCA Accepting Dental Prescribing Guidelines

Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting Opioid Prescribing Metrics

Opioid Guideline Implementation Charter

Agency Medical Directors Group Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain

AMDG Guideline Summary

Workgroup Members

Name Title Organization
Chris Baumgartner Director Prescription Monitoring Program Washington State Department of Health
Gary Franklin, MD, MPH (Chair) Medical Director Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Charissa Fontinos, MD Deputy Chief Medical Officer Washington State Health Care Authority
Frances Gough, MD Chief Medical Officer Molina Healthcare
Dan Kent, MD Chief Medical Officer UnitedHealthcare
Kathy Lofy, MD Chief Science Officer Washington State Department of Health
Jaymie Mai, PharmD Pharmacy Manager Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Shirley Reitz, PharmD ‎Clinical Pharmacist Client Manager OmedaRx, Cambia
Gregory Rudolph, MD Addiction Medicine Swedish Pain Services
Mark Stephens President Change Management Consulting
David Tauben, MD Chief of Pain Medicine University of Washington Medical Center
Gregory Terman MD, PhD Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington
Michael Von Korff, ScD Senior Investigator Group Health Research Institute
Mia Wise, DO Medical Director, Collaborative Healthcare Solutions Premera Blue Cross