substance abuse

Program uses provider, patient incentives to fight opioid epidemicProviders are coming up short when it comes to HEDIS measures related to substance abuse. Here’s how one health plan is changing that.
How medical schools are responding to the opioid epidemicAs the opioid epidemic rages, up-and-coming physicians are seen as part of the solution. Here’s how medical schools are changing their training programs.
Top 10 states with the worst drug problemsWalletHub released a study comparing 50 states and the District in terms of 15 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita.
Opinion: Substance use disorder privacy law limits both payers, prescribersTwo University of Massachusetts Medical School pharmacists make the case to reform or align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA to better serve patients with substance use disorder.
Why addiction change shouldn’t come from DCAction on substance misuse is too important to leave to politicians.
Mental health: The secret sauce to healthcare reformMental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy talks to Managed Healthcare Executive about reform, mental health equity, and how payers can help integrate care in mental health.
Four things to know about the 21st Century Cures ActThe 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark medical research bill, offers healthcare executives a promising future.
P4P programs feasible in addiction settingsAlcohol and drug dependency treatment goals can tied to an insurer’s pay-for-performance incentive program. Here’s how.
Top risk factors for opioid use disorder, overdoseIn 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
Chest wall rigidity in fentanyl abuseA recent study found that chest wall rigidity may be partially responsible for some of the deaths related to the intravenous injection of illicit fentanyl.