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Cigna nets 25% opioid reduction

March 29, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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After announcing in May 2016 a goal to reduce opioid use among customers by 25%, Cigna has reached the mark a year ahead of its targeted date.

National Council addresses low SBIRT adoption in primary care

March 26, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Council for Behavioral Health aims to increase SBIRT adoption among primary care clinicians by publishing a step-by-step guide for assessing alcohol and other drug use.

The least you need to know about Trump’s opioid plan

March 19, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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On Monday, the White House rolled out its plan to address the opioid crisis, including a controversial call for harsher criminal justice policies as well as support for evidence-based treatment.

Heal the gulf between our two Americas

March 15, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Numerous potential flash points exist between our two Americas: income and job security, communities and education, guns and violence, immigrants and minorities, government’s role, to name just a few.

CARA 2.0 makes a statement on the opioid crisis

March 14, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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To continue the momentum of CARA 2016, a bipartisan group of senators introduced CARA 2.0, which would authorize $1 billion for prevention, law enforcement, treatment and recovery. Experts see it as a positive indicator.

Sunspire launches professionals program in Texas

March 8, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A new treatment program at Sunspire Health Texas will seek to meet the needs of professionals in high-intensity careers.

While talk about opioids continues in D.C., addiction treatment is in peril in states

March 5, 2018  |  Kaiser Health News
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Opioids were on the White House agenda Thursday, but states say they are struggling to meet the need for treatment.

The White House opioid summit provides optimism

March 2, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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On Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in the White House Opioid Summit held in the East Room. This event represented the very first time that the administration has described its strategy for addressing the opioid tragedy.

Research pinpoints areas with serious provider shortage to combat opioid crisis

March 1, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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An analysis comparing buprenorphine provider capacity and opioid overdose deaths identifies significant provider shortages in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

3 ways Generation Z will change healthcare

February 28, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are providing a remarkable glimpse into Generation Z, a population that could create enormous policy changes for healthcare in the coming years.

Call to national action to respond to the Parkland tragedy

February 23, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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As leaders of behavioral health programs, we all call on our national leaders to begin with us a road to recovery from the Parkland tragedy. We grieve for the families. They also deserve our action to identify and implement solutions.

Urgent actions needed on the opioid quandary

February 22, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

We must come to grips with the lethal opioid epidemic, not just by bringing good intentions, but through positive actions that produce life-saving results. We must be open to whatever steps actually work.

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