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November 22, 2017
Citing eye-opening statistics from the American Society of Addiction Medicine indicating 52,404 fatal drug overdoses in 2015, healthcare leaders are calling for a multi-pronged effort in combatting the opioid epidemic in America. In an article in NEJM Catalyst, a publication of the New England Journal of Medicine, Jay Bhatt, DO, and Elisa Arespacochaga of the American Hospital Association assert that while the patient-clinician partnership represents the core of the solution to the opioid crisis, “all stakeholders, including healthcare organizations, state and local health departments, law enforcement agencies, schools and community organizations need to work together to affect change. Hospitals and health systems must fully support clinicians in helping connect patients to resources, treatment and the help they need. Hospitals and health systems could support clinicians in connecting patients to social support and appropriate treatment.”
Read more: Educate Clinicians and Collaborate to Combat Opioid Addiction: AHA
November 15, 2017
From Humana to Highmark, Health Insurers Leave Insurance Marketplace, but Consumers are Undeterred
Read more: Cuts to ACA Haven’t Deterred Consumers
November 8, 2017
Following on the heels of President Trump’s declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency, the president’s commission on the opioid crisis last week issued its final report containing more than 50 recommendations for addressing what has been called the most serious drug problem in U.S. history. The report, the heightened focus on opioid addiction and overdose deaths spurred by the president’s directive, and actions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies are sure to impact healthcare providers in several spheres, including prescribing, treatment, prevention, documentation and compliance, diversion prevention, fraud and abuse detection, and reimbursement.
Read more: Opioids a National Public Health Emergency: A Presidential Declaration, a Comprehensive Report
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