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The CMS Medication Management and Opioid Initiative

Committing to act to address the nation’s opioid crisis

In alignment with national action towards improving medication management and opioid misuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is focused on patients and improving their health outcomes, reducing unnecessary utilization, and generating cost savings for public and private payers. HealthInsight is asking for your commitment to be in action by signing the Medication Management and Opioid (MMO) Pledge.

What is the MMO pledge and what do you commit to do?

The MMO pledge is a commitment to:

  • Educate ourselves and our team to refer patients to appropriate resources and utilized evidence-based guidelines for prescribing opioids
  • Ensure persons with opioid use disorder are treated in a respectful and person-centered manner
  • Leverage and align with existing initiatives, as appropriate, to combat opioid misuse
  • Identify and report on successes and best practices, and spread within CMS networks

Link to the pledge

The link can be accessed on the Healthcare Communities homepage at or on the pledge page at

Why is this initiative important?

In 2016, 42,249 people died from an opioid overdose, this represents 116 people every single day. Now is the time to act and leverage available resources to combat opioid misuse.

Who should sign the pledge?

The pledge is for partner providers, stakeholders, networks and organizations.

HealthInsight is a resource for opioid support

HealthInsight is committed to providing appropriate and timely information and resources related to opioid use and misuse. We have access to community providers who are implementing best practices surrounding opioid prescribing, management and treatment; see resources here.

HealthInsight’s Medicare Special Innovation Project on reducing opioid harms in older adults provides additional resources on pain management best practices, communicating with patients and medication-assisted treatment.

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