This section contains the current elements of the change package. If you have any suggestions for any materials that could be added, please let staff know at [email protected].

General Information and Resources
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Expected Outcomes and Measures This document lists the expected outcomes for and the measures associated with the initiative.
Definitions This document gives key definitions used to guide data collection.
Data Collection Form This document was developed to facilitate data collection. It will be revised based on the experience of the sites participating in the pilot.
Standardized Protocol This document identifies the key components of the standardized protocol. Materials for each section are included in the sections below.



Getting Started
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator, convener, partner, and driver of res​ults in health and health care improvement worldwide. At its core, IHI believes everyone should get the best care and health possible.

IHI has a commitment to Person- and Family-Centered Care. This page lists resources for getting started. See the “Always Events Toolkit” and “Walk-through Tool.”




Screening Tools for Women
Resource(s) Comments
Committee Opinion No. 711: Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy. Committee on Obstetric Practice (ACOG). Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130(2):e81-e94. Obstetric care providers need to be knowledgeable about the medical, social, and legal consequences that can accompany opioid use by pregnant women. Pregnancy provides an important opportunity to identify and treat women with substance use disorders. Identifying patients with substance use disorders using validated screening tools, offering brief interventions, and referring for specialized care, as needed, are essential elements of care. Additionally, it is important to advocate for this often-marginalized group of patients, particularly in terms of working to improve availability of treatment and to ensure that pregnant women with opioid use disorder who seek prenatal care are not criminalized. Finally, obstetric care providers have an ethical responsibility to their pregnant and parenting patients with substance use disorder to discourage the separation of parents from their children solely based on substance use disorder, either suspected or confirmed.
4Ps Plus
Prevalence of illicit drug use in pregnant women in a Wisconsin private practice setting. Schauberger CW, Newbury EJ, Colburn JM, Al-Hamadani M. AJOG. 2014;211(3):e1-4. Adding 5 questions about drug or alcohol use to the obstetric intake questionnaire proved sensitive in identifying patients with high risks of having a positive drug screen. Conclusion: Enhanced screening should be performed to identify patients using illicit drugs in pregnancy to improve their care.
Screening for Prenatal Substance Use: Development of the Substance Use Risk Profile-Pregnancy Scale. Yonkers KA, Gotman N, Kershaw T, Forray A, Howell HB, Rounsaville BJ. Obstet Gynecol. 2010:116(4):827-833. The Substance Use Risk Profile-Pregnancy scale is simple and flexible with good sensitivity and specificity. The Substance Use Risk Profile-Pregnancy scale can potentially detect a range of substances that may be abused.

Click here to download a PDF of the scale.

Screening for alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. Chang G. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2014;41(2):205-12. This article highlights currently available tools to identify prenatal alcohol and drug use and their limitations.
Depression screening
Boden Screening Tool
Authorization to Use and Disclose Health Information
Resource Comments
Authorization to Use and Disclose Health Information This authorization template was designed to facilitate communication between obstetric care providers and opioid treatment centers. This authorization complies with HIPAA, Wisconsin law, and federal law 42 CFR Part 2 (governing the use and disclosure of alcohol and drug abuse treatment records).
42 CFR Part 2 In 2010, the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) published FAQs “Applying the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations to Health Information Exchange (HIE).”
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP)
Resource Comments By providing valuable information about controlled substance prescriptions that are dispensed in the state, it aids healthcare professionals in their prescribing and dispensing decisions. The ePDMP also fosters the ability of pharmacies, healthcare professionals, law enforcement agencies, and public health officials to work together to reduce the misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescribed controlled substance medications. The WI ePDMP Statistics Dashboard provides interactive data visualizations about the controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in Wisconsin, the law enforcement reports submitted to the WI ePDMP, and the use of the WI ePDMP by healthcare professionals and others. This page contains FAQs, including how to register delegates.
Biological Testing for Women with Opioid Use Disorder
Resource Comments
Committee Opinion No. 711: Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy. Committee on Obstetric Practice (ACOG). Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130(2):e81-e94. Routine urine drug screening is controversial for several reasons. A positive drug test result is not in itself diagnostic of opioid use disorder or its severity. Urine drug testing only assesses for current or recent substance use; therefore, a negative test does not rule out sporadic substance use. Also, urine toxicology testing may not detect many substances, including synthetic opioids, some benzodiazepines, and designer drugs. False-positive test results can occur with immune-assay testing and legal consequences can be devastating to the patient and her family. Health care providers should be aware of their laboratory’s test characteristics and request that confirmatory testing with mass spectrometry and liquid or gas chromatography be performed as appropriate.
Specific tests available Tests should include buprenorphine and methadone
Rationale for a Standardized Protocol
Resource Comments
Hudak ML, Tan RC, Committee on Drugs, Committee on Fetus and Newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics. Neonatal Drug Withdrawal. Pediatrics. 2012;129(2):e540-560. Neonatal Drug Withdrawal
Asti L, Magers JS, Keels E, Wispe J, McClead RE. A Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Length of Stay for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun 1;135(6):e1494–500. The most effective interventions that impacted LOS for infants with NAS were the development of a staff NAS education program and the implementation of a standard treatment protocol. The formation of the NAS Taskforce was also essential because it facilitated communication and the dissemination of vital treatment information among all clinical staff.
Holmes AV, Atwood EC, Whalen B, Beliveau J, Jarvis JD, Matulis JC, et al. Rooming-In to Treat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Improved Family-Centered Care at Lower Cost. Pediatrics. 2016 Jun;137(6). pii: e20152929. A coordinated, standardized NAS program safely reduced pharmacologic therapy, LOS, and hospital costs. Rooming-in with family and decreased use of NICU beds were central to achieved outcomes.
Neonatal Screening Tools
Resource Comments
Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Scoring Tool
Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Tools for Newborn Nursery Staff This WAPC-hosted Webinar was presented on July 24, 2013.
Neo Advances (inter-observer reliability program for the Finnegan)
Lipsitz Scoring Tool
Franck LS, Harris SK, Soetenga DJ et al. The Withdrawal Assessment Tool-Version 1 (WAT-1): an assessment instrument for monitoring opioid and benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms in pediatric patients. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008;9(6):573-580. Withdrawal Assessment Tool-Version 1 (WAT-1)
Implementing Practice Guidelines and Education to Improve Care of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Lucas K, Knobel RB. Advances in Neonatal Care. 2012;12(1):40-45. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and education around NAS and the FNAST equip caregivers with the necessary tools to consistently and accurately assess an infant with NAS when using the FNAST.
Neonatal Biological Testing
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Detection of Drug-Exposed Newborns. Wabuyele SL, Colby JM, McMillin GA. Ther Drug Monit. 2018 Apr;40(2):166–85.
  •  Urine
  • Meconium
  • Umbilical cord
Breastfeeding/Human Milk Feeding
Resource Comments
Hudak ML, Tan RC, Committee on Drugs, Committee on Fetus and Newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics. Neonatal Drug Withdrawal. Pediatrics. 2012;129(2):e540-560. Breastfeeding and the provision of expressed human milk should be encouraged if not contraindicated for other reasons.
Schiff DM, Wachman EM, Philipp B, Joseph K, Shrestha H, Taveras EM, Parker MGK. Examination of Hospital, Maternal, and Infant Characteristics Associated with Breastfeeding Initiation and Continuation Among Opioid-Exposed Mother-Infant Dyads. Breastfeed Med. 2018 May;13(4):266-274. Policies for using mother’s milk
Examples of policies

Currently, there are no universally accepted policies addressing breastfeeding/use of breast milk for women who test positive for illicit substances. The attachments below are examples of the policies used in some institutions based on interpretations of the current evidence. WisPQC’s Neonatal Work Group will continue to follow the growing body of evidence.


Non-Pharmacological Strategies
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Eat Sleep Console (ESC) Eat Sleep Console
Rooming-in for Infants at Risk of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. McKnight S, Coo H, Davies G, Holmes B, Newman A, Newton L, et al. Am J Perinatol. 2015 Nov 20;
Medication Protocols
Resource Comments
Hall ES, Wexelblatt SL, Crowley M, Grow JL, Jasin LR, Klebanoff MA, et al. Implementation of a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Weaning Protocol: A Multicenter Cohort Study. Pediatrics. 2015 Oct;136(4):e803-10. Adoption of a stringent weaning protocol resulted in improved NAS outcomes, demonstrating generalizability of the protocol-driven weaning approach. Opportunity remains for additional protocol refinement.
Hall ES, Wexelblatt SL, Crowley M, Grow JL, Jasin LR, Klebanoff MA, et al. A Multicenter Cohort Study of Treatments and Hospital Outcomes in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):e527-34. Use of a stringent protocol to treat NAS, regardless of the initial opioid chosen, reduces the duration of opioid exposure and length of hospital stay. Because the major driver of cost is length of hospitalization, the implications for a reduction in cost of care for NAS management could be substantial.
Developmental Follow-Up
Resource Comments
Smith VC, Wilson CR, COMMITTEE ON SUBSTANCE USE AND PREVENTION. Families Affected by Parental Substance Use. Pediatrics. 2016 Aug;138(2). pii: e20161575. Children whose parents or caregivers use drugs or alcohol are at increased risk of short- and long-term sequelae ranging from medical problems to psychosocial and behavioral challenges. Pediatricians need to know how to assess a child’s risk in the context of a parent’s substance use. The purposes of this clinical report are to review some of the short-term effects of maternal substance use during pregnancy and long-term implications of fetal exposure; describe typical medical, psychiatric, and behavioral symptoms of children and adolescents in families affected by substance use; and suggest proficiencies for pediatricians involved in the care of children and adolescents of families affected by substance use, including screening families, mandated reporting requirements, and directing families to community, regional, and state resources that can address needs and problems.


Chasnoff IJ, Gardner S. Neonatal abstinence syndrome: a policy perspective. J Perinatol. 2015 Aug;35(8):539–41. Follow-up: provide ongoing developmental and behavioral screening and oversight for the child, ensuring access to earliest interventions as needed. In the majority of cases, these services can be covered through federal Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment funds. Strengthen collaborations between clinical providers, community agencies, home visiting programs and state agencies to track substance-exposed infants and their families through early childhood.
Oei JL, Melhuish E, Uebel H, Azzam N, Breen C, Burns L, et al. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and High School Performance. Pediatrics. 2017 Feb;139(2). pii: e20162651. A neonatal diagnostic code of NAS is strongly associated with poor and deteriorating school performance. Parental education may decrease the risk of failure. Children with NAS and their families must be identified early and provided with support to minimize the consequences of poor educational outcomes.
Wisconsin State Law
Resource Comments
Wisconsin Statute, Chapter 146.0255. Testing infants for controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
Other Resources
Resource Comments
WAPC Newborn Withdrawal Project Educational Toolkit This compendium of educational materials is intended for both parents and health care providers of newborns experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and pregnant women undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) or other treatments for opioid use disorder.

Assessment and Intervention in the Home: Women and Infants Affected by Opioids This tool is intended for anyone who may provide care in the home to women or infants affected by opioids.
A Blueprint for Action: Improving Care for Women and Infants Affected by Opioids The blueprint is a document from which stakeholders can collaborate and coordinate efforts to improve care for women and infants affected by opioids. It identifies six areas for change that are intended to focus on major areas that can improve care of women and infants and lead to better outcomes.
From Just Say No to Just Say Know (and Do) This document was developed to describe a framework for comprehensive care of women with opioid use disorder. It is intended for stakeholders committed to improving the care for women with opioid use disorder.
Vermont Oxford Network
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Committee Opinion No. 524. Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction in Pregnancy.  Committee Opinion No. 524. Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction in Pregnancy