Current News

In response to the nationwide opioid epidemic, MQIC has developed a one-side of one-page guideline related to opioid prescribing. The new guideline is Opioid Prescribing in Adults Excluding Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

In 2016, Michigan had 2,335 drug-related deaths, of which 1,689 (72%) were due to opioids. There were 1,275 opioid-related deaths in 2015. The governor’s office and many others around the state have been working hard to address this problem, and with the new guideline, MQIC has provided focus on key prescribing recommendations.

The CDC released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in 2016. Using this guideline as the source document, MQIC developed concise recommendations for providers to carefully consider whether to begin prescribing opioids, to review the risk for dependence and risk of death related to high-dose vs. low-dose, to limit large quantity prescribing, and to review patient’s pain and function – including improvements - over the course of treatment.

There is much to be done to reverse the trend in opioid prescribing and related deaths. MQIC hopes you’ll find the guideline useful.

MQIC guidelines assist by providing evidence-based recommendations so you're able to focus on your patients. To help your patients increase their knowledge and commitment in their overall health, feel free to pass along MQIC guidelines and refer them to the website at

To sign-up to receive MQIC website updates, please Join Now.

For information about MQIC, you may Contact Us at anytime.

MQIC encourages Michigan physicians to learn about the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is working to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.

Our Mission

The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium will establish and implement a core set of clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The interventions designed and implemented by each plan to improve consistent delivery of services will be at the discretion of individual plans, but guidelines, performance goals, measurement methodology, and performance reporting will be standardized.

About Our Committee

The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium establishes and implements clinical practice guidelines and performance measures with a focus on improvement for effecting positive health outcomes.

Medical Directors' Committee

  • Develop common evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Provide direction and final decisions for MQIC

Measurement Workgroup

  • Establish common definitions of populations among all health plans
  • Establish common measurement protocols consistent with MQIC guidelines

Implementation Workgroup

  • Coordinate MQIC communications
  • Coordinate health plan and physician activities that complement MQIC quality improvement efforts


MQIC membership is diverse and includes physicians, health plan administrators, researchers, quality improvement experts, and specialty societies. The consortium recognizes the need to collaborate with other entities and experts to successfully achieve the consortium's vision.

Organizations and Health Plans