Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

AHA News

It can be daunting for patients suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD) to figure out how to get into treatment and find the resources that can help set them on the road to recovery.

That’s why Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital – part of Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health –... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder

AHA News

project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

Patients showed up in Christiana Care Health System’s emergency department (ED) with illnesses caused by substance use disorders. The ED team knew they needed help for more than the strokes, broken limbs, high blood pressure and seizures.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

AHA News

Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

HHS awards $53 million to combat opioid epidemic

AHA News

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it will distribute $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to be used in the battle against opioid addiction. The funding will pay for improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

President signs legislation to address opioid epidemic

AHA News

President Obama July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

In a rare instance of consensus in Congress, the Senate July 13 voted 92-2 to approve... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

AHA News

The AHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) June 7 issued a new patient education resource on prescription opioids that outlines evidence-based information about the risks and side effects of the powerful painkillers.

The two-page resource is designed to encourage discussions between... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: opioids

Hospital-led Prescribe Safe initiative takes action against opioid painkiller misuse

AHA News

Every day in the United States 44 people will die of overdose from prescription opioids – deaths that have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reb Close, M.D., an emergency department (ED) physician at the Community Hospital of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, opioids

Medicaid IMD exclusion draws fire at House hearing on heroin, opioid abuse

AHA News

During a March 22 hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,  Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., hit upon a barrier to appropriate care for patients with substance use disorders: a section of the Social Security Act restricting most in-patient mental health treatment programs that... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

Hospital leader testifies at Senate hearing on opioid use among seniors

AHA News

Testifying Feb. 24 before a Senate Special Committee hearing on opioid use among seniors, Steven Diaz, M.D., MaineGeneral Health’s senior vice president and chief medical officer in Augusta, spoke about the alarming increase in opioid misuse among the elderly and the need for a multidisciplinary approach... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

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