By September 15, 2016, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Human Services shall report to the legislature on the implementation of the opioid prescribing improvement program in the Minnesota health care programs. The report must include data on the utilization of opioids within the Minnesota health care programs.
The OPWG contributed to DHS and MDH's development of the first edition of Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.
In June 2019, Dr. Jeff Schiff, medical director of Minnesota’s Medicaid program at the Department of Human Services and ex-officio member of the OPWG, said his position was being eliminated. Dr. Schiff had helped write the legislation that created the work group and set the group’s agendas and direction. Other work group members expressed concerns about his departure and its potential effect on the OPWG in an open letter to Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan.