Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorders

Deploying The Cascade Of Care Framework To Address The Opioid Epidemic Means Taking A Closer Look At Quality Measures

The Cascade of Care is a useful framework to address the opioid epidemic, however to make this vision a reality, we need to develop the framework’s quality measures.

June 21, 2017

Mandating Coverage Of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Would Be A Costly Distraction From More Effective Solutions

It is tempting to see abuse-deterrent opioids as a powerful and singular solution that might go a long way toward addressing our nation’s opioid crisis. But, it is not so simple.

May 26, 2017

Outdated Privacy Law Limits Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The Case Against 42 CFR Part 2

In the midst of the current opioid epidemic we cannot afford to provide outdated, siloed addiction treatment governed by antiquated privacy laws. 42 CFR Part 2 has outlived its usefulness.

March 1, 2017

The Future Of Essential Health Benefits

The Essential Health Benefits requirement may be on the chopping block as the Administration and Congress seek to repeal and replace the ACA. An understanding of how the EHB rule did and did not change the pre-ACA status quo can help put concerns about EHB into context and inform the path forward.

February 14, 2017

Repealing The ACA Could Worsen The Opioid Epidemic

Every day, an average 78 Americans die from opioid abuse. The coverage expansions and protections under the ACA can help lessen the epidemic and save lives.

January 30, 2017

How Value-Based Payment Arrangements Should Measure Behavioral Health

There is a way forward for behavioral health performance measurement strategies that psychiatrists, agency directors, payers, and providers should consider as they enter into VBP arrangements.

November 29, 2016

Providing A Safe Space And Medical Monitoring To Prevent Overdose Deaths

Opioid overdoses have become the leading cause of death among patients at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. In April 2016, the BHCHP opened an observation and treatment facility to reduce the harms associated with ongoing drug use and provide a safe alternative to the street for...

August 31, 2016

Who’s Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

RAND Europe has released a new report on global mental health research funding. The authors have used a "bottom-up" approach that looks at funding acknowledgments by researchers in papers published between 2009 and 2014. The authors analyzed nearly 230,000 papers.

August 16, 2016

To Address Substance Use Among Adolescents, Look To Pediatric Primary Care

With the nation's opioid crisis growing, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently reaffirmed recommendations for universal screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment to prevent, delay, or decrease substance use by adolescents.

August 9, 2016

A Systems Approach Is The Only Way To Address The Opioid Crisis

In 2014, 28,647 individuals died from a drug overdose involving some type of opioid. States and communities will only succeed in addressing the crisis if they engage all actors to create systems that can prevent new individuals from becoming dependent, while supporting the recovery of those who...

June 13, 2016