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In response to Section 6052 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treat for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has developed the nation-wide Compass Opioid Stewardship Program. Funded by CMS, this program will support providers through education and outreach to improve prescribing practices and increase the use of non-opioid pain management therapies. The program focuses on reducing the impact of the opioid epidemic by building relationships with those on the frontline of care and teaming with stakeholders to maintain an agile and responsive healthcare system.

The Compass Opioid Stewardship Program provides support to eligible prescribers across the nation. Using evidence-based techniques and data, this program works directly with eligible front-line providers. The goals of the program are to:
  • Educate and provide outreach to outlier prescribers of opioids about best practices for prescribing opioids
  • Educate and provide outreach to outlier prescribers of opioids about non-opioid pain management therapies
  • Reduce the amount of opioid prescriptions prescribed by eligible prescribers of opioids

The program aligns with the foundational principles of the CMS Strategy to Fight the Opioid Crisis. These include:


Managing pain using a safe and effective range of treatment options that rely less on prescription opioids.


Expand access to treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. 


Use data to target prevention and treatment efforts and to identify fraud and abuse.


Based upon experience in previous CMS initiatives, IHC is uniquely positioned to provide necessary assistance to prescribing clinicians. The Compass network has developed a multi-modal outreach and technical assistance strategy that includes new tools, education, training, and reports to provide valuable and innovative support to participants.
This program will provide participating clinicians with meaningful and informative data and necessary tools to enable them to provide the best possible care to prevent and relieve pain and maximize function in patients with pain. It focuses on the latest standards in evidence-based pain care, including the use of multi-modal and multi-disciplinary approaches.

CMS encourages providers to join this network to receive support from a national network of subject matter experts and peer mentors. The skilled Compass team will use performance improvement methodologies and quality improvement tools to help providers navigate local barriers and challenges. 

Evidence-Based Tools + Resources

Participating providers will receive access to iCompass, an online forum and resource library that facilitates the connection of healthcare professionals across the continuum and drive sustainable healthcare transformation through the sharing of best practices, tools and resources.

Clinical + Performance Improvement Coaching

The skilled Compass team will directly support participating providers, helping them to navigate local barriers and challenges using performance improvement methodologies and quality improvement tools. Customized to meet each provider's needs, Compass delivers technical assistance using a flexible multi-modal approach focused on creating sustainable opioid stewardship practices.



  • Access to resources, webinars, educational opportunities and networking opportunities to support improvement work related to program goals
  • Access to the Compass Navigation Team, a group of accomplished providers and clinical improvement consultants experienced in process improvement, behavioral health, and opioid stewardship to provide direct subject matter expertise and support
  • Peer mentoring opportunities
  • Leadership, physician, care team and patient and family engagement strategies and tools


  • Actively participate in monthly Compass network virtual learning events
  • Actively share experiences, challenges and lessons learned
  • Commit to fostering a culture of patient safety across the continuum of care
  • Participate in customer service surveys and provider assessments to capture feedback and assess provider needs

Next Steps

Please complete the Prescriber Enrollment profile (Link) to begin the Compass Opioid Stewardship Program enrollment process. Once submitted, a Compass Clinical Improvement Consultant will be in touch with you to begin developing a tailored approach to meet your current needs and engage you in program activities.


Please contact IHC at (email) with any questions.