Posts Tagged ‘hospital utilization from opioid use’

The Opioid Epidemic: Healthcare Industry Impacts and Responses

September 27th, 2017 by Melanie Matthews

The Opioid Epidemic

Against a backdrop of news headlines about the impact that the opioid epidemic is having on U.S. life expectancy, hospital admissions and emergency room utilization, healthcare organizations are launching a number of initiatives to reduce opioid use.

In this inaugural edition of Healthcare Hotwire, you’ll learn more about the impact of the growing opioid epidemic and initiatives among some early adopters.

Even as opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and much of that increase stemmed from patients who’d been taking their medication for 90 days or longer, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, several healthcare organizations are reporting early successes with initiatives aimed at reducing opioid use, including Anthem Inc. and CVS Health.

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Infographic: The Opioid Burden on Hospitals

January 6th, 2017 by Melanie Matthews

The nation’s opioid epidemic resulted in a 64 percent increase in opioid-related hospital stays between 2005 and 2014. However, hospital rates varied widely by state, according to a new infographic by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

The infographic shows the states with the highest and lowest rates in 2014.

Infographic: The Opioid Burden on Hospitals

Behavioral Health Patient Engagement: Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Strategies To Improve OutcomesAs the critical role of an engaged, activated healthcare consumer becomes more apparent in a value-based healthcare system, healthcare organizations are focusing on patient engagement and activation programs.

In a recent industry survey on trends in patient engagement, healthcare organizations reported that behavioral health conditions presented a particular challenge to patient engagement initiatives. However, there is robust evidence that motivational interviewing is a powerful approach for treating substance abuse, anxiety and depression.

Behavioral Health Patient Engagement: Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Strategies To Improve Outcomes, a 45-minute webinar now available for replay, Mia Croyle with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shares key learnings from patient engagement initiatives targeted at patients with behavioral health conditions.

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