- Opioid Webinar Series Part 5: Activating Local Communities to Successfully Address Opioid Addiction and RecoveryApril 17, 2019April 17, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST – This is the fifth webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. Local communities are organizing to battle opioid use disorder, based on the growing understanding that addiction and treatment happen at the community level. Successful efforts include tracking spikes in opioid use, effectively targeting high-burden areas, conducting community-based research on needs and resources, and deploying community-based resources in a meaningful and coordinated fashion. During this webinar, HMA public health, prevention, and research experts will explore how to activate local communities in the battle to prevent the rise of opioid use disorder and how to respond to the needs of community members for wraparound services. Speakers will also address how the engagement of those most impacted by opioids can improve the availability and effectiveness of recovery and prevention options and solutions.
- April 16, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST -Across the country, police and EMS are increasingly called upon to respond to individuals experiencing behavioral health crises, without having received the training, skills and resources to be effective. At the same time, civilian crisis response services (e.g. crisis hotlines, mobile crisis teams) are often siloed from the public safety response, contributing to system fragmentation and inappropriate interventions. Local governments are spending considerable resources without getting the desired outcomes, and individuals frequently receive subpar care, placing them at risk for future crises and cycling in and out of emergency rooms and the criminal justice system. During this webinar, experts from HMA will explore the four key elements of a successful crisis system re-design: crisis prevention, early intervention, appropriate response, and improved post-crisis support. Speakers will also address why system re-design is the foundational element to a new way of delivering crisis services.
- The Importance of Race and Ethnicity in Accounting for Social Risks in Medicare Value-Based PaymentsApril 3, 2019April 3, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST -Medicare value-based payments are increasingly considering social risk factors such as income and other elements of socioeconomic disadvantage. However, race and ethnicity are often left out of the mix, an approach that can create significant problems for providers attempting to adequately account for financial risks when entering into value-based payment arrangements. During this webinar, experts from HMA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Anka Consulting, will discuss the importance of race and ethnicity in addressing social risks. Speakers will also address how payers, providers and accountable care organizations can best mitigate these risks, ensuring that value-based payment arrangements are equitable, sustainable, and best serve patient needs.
- Opioid Webinar Series Part 4: Overcoming Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder: Lessons for Providers, Payers, Policymakers, and the Healthcare Community at LargeMarch 28, 2019March 28, 2019, 12 to 1 p.m. EST – This is the fourth webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. The stigma associated with opioid use disorder impacts not only individuals seeking treatment, it also colors the attitudes of payers and providers charged with helping those struggling with addiction. The results can be devastating, with individuals avoiding care, providers refusing to administer certain treatments – including the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – and both patients and their families left with limited options. During this webinar, HMA experts will outline the barriers to effective treatment caused by the stigma of opioid use disorder. Speakers will also offer a series of concrete steps that payers and providers can take to ensure patients are seeking and receiving the best treatment options available.
- Opioid Webinar Series Part 3: The Role of Medicaid Managed Care Plans in Addressing the Opioid CrisisMarch 14, 2019March 14, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST – This is the third webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. Medicaid managed care plans are poised to play a significant role in helping states address the opioid crisis by incentivizing utilization of effective therapies and developing policies that help stem the flow of prescription opioid drugs. Health plans are also developing models aimed at coordinating and improving treatment of opioid use disorder. During this webinar, HMA public health and prevention experts will provide an overview of current health plan opioid initiatives, as well as offer a roadmap for future treatment and prevention strategies.
- March 1, 2019March 1, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT– This is the second webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. State and local governments – backed by an infusion of federal dollars – are beginning to develop and implement a wide variety of prevention strategies to address the opioid epidemic. And several states are already showing positive initial results. Among the early lessons is that success depends on a coordinated approach to prevention; partnerships among government agencies, law enforcement, and providers are critical; and opportunities to positively impact results exist at every level of the prevention spectrum. During this webinar, HMA public health and prevention experts will provide case studies of innovative and effective opioid misuse and overdose prevention initiatives. Speakers will also outline the key components of an effective opioid prevention strategy, including an understanding of the key drivers of success.