Opioid Management

About the Project

Addressing the opioid epidemic is a top priority for Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality stakeholders. This topic was selected as a regional quality improvement initiative, through a partnership with the Missouri Hospital Association was in the process of implementing the Kansas City Engaging Patients in Care Coordination (KC EPICC) project. The KC EPICC focuses on peer support and treatment referral to address opioid use disorders in the emergency department. To support the region in implementing and measuring the success of KC EPICC, the Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality established an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team to support local hospitals and customize intervention to meet their needs and better predict success.


  • Community Network for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CommCARE) that includes six participating community behavioral health providers and peer recovery coaches
  • KC EPICC area hospitals
    • Excelsior Springs Hospital
    • North Kansas City Hospital
    • Saint Luke’s East
    • Saint Luke’s Plaza
    • Saint Luke’s North
    • Saint Luke’s South
    • Truman Medical Centers (Lakewood)
    • Truman Medical Centers (Hospital Hill)
  • Missouri Hospital Association (MHA)
  • The QVIC Opioid Steering Committee and Regional Experts in Opioid Use Disorder
  • Researchers:
    • The University of Kansas (KU)
      • Tracey A. LaPierre, MA, MS, PhD
      • Danielle M. Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, CIC
    • The University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)
      • Holly Hagle, PhD
      • Yifei (Efay) Liu, BS Pharm, MS, PhD