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Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life...

NCAD: How to leverage a comprehensive treatment philosophy

August 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Many in the treatment field embrace the widely held philosophy that addiction has medical, psychological, social and spiritual symptoms that must be addressed with the respective modalities. It’s equally important to know where to leverage each treatment...

FACT FILE: OIG flags opioid misuse, questionable prescribing in Medicare Part D

August 10, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study of Medicare Part D data from 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General identifies cases of extreme use of opioids, questionable prescribing and doctor shopping by beneficiaries.

Defeating the diseases of despair

August 10, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Although small in comparison within the overall U.S. death rate, deaths due to “diseases of despair” currently are growing, with opioid-related deaths  spiking considerably.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience. 

Why medical tourism is rare in the addiction market

July 31, 2017  |  Alison Knopf
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It's debatable whether patients will travel abroad for addiction treatment.

Medicaid cuts would stymie expanded use of naloxone

July 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by the Commonwealth Fund finds that overdose reversals have increased with the expanded use of naloxone, funded through Medicaid.

Safety Net Health Plans take diverse approach to opioid crisis

July 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Association for Community Affiliated Plans has released a report analyzing initiatives to combat the opioid crisis being implemented by five Safety Net Health Plans it represents.

Drug courts aim to broaden their scope

July 12, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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There are about 3,000 drug courts in the United States, and as the number increases, experts say the models must become broader in scope as well as more nuanced in interactions with program participants.

Honor veterans through accessible healthcare and services

July 12, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier
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With uncertainty looming over the future of the nation's healthcare, there are steps providers can take to meet the needs of veterans.

FACT FILE: High dosages linked to surge in opioid use disorder

June 30, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A Blue Cross Blue Shield Association study of members in its commercial plans found high-dosage opioid prescriptions were linked with higher rates of opioid use disorder diagnoses.

Journey toward recovery in Georgia

June 29, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Georgia has one of 10 state policy academies being conducted by the Center for Social Innovation, as part of its work with SAMHSA. Each of these policy academies seeks to plan a recovery-oriented state system.

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