Behavioral Health

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Legislation and Policy  

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall AHA News Now (January 12, 2017)

CDC: Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids up sharply last year AHA News Now (December 13, 2016)

CDC issues resources to help clinicians apply opioid prescribing guidelines AHA News Now (December 13, 2016)

President signs 21st Century Cures Act AHA News Now (December 13, 2016)

Senate passes 21st Century Cures Act AHA News Now (December 7, 2016)

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate AHA News Now (December 1, 2016)

AHA urges House to pass 21st Century Cures Act AHA News Now (November 29, 2016)

Revised 21st Century Cures bill includes AHA-supported provisions AHA News Now (November 28, 2016)

Surgeon General issues report on preventing substance misuse, related disorders AHA News Now (November 17, 2016)

Administration kicks off Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week AHA News Now (September 19, 2016)

HHS awards $53 million to combat opioid epidemic AHA News Now (August 31, 2016)

Senators urge CMS to remove IMD exclusion for substance abuse treatment AHA News Now (August 3, 2016)

President signs legislation to address opioid epidemic AHA News Now (July 25, 2016)

Senate approves legislation to address opioid epidemic AHA News Now (July 14, 2016)

Governors sign compact to fight opioid addiction AHA News Now (July 14, 2016)

Special Bulletin: Progress on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (July 14, 2016)

House approves legislation to address opioid epidemic AHA News Now (July 8, 2016)

HHS proposes hospital VBP change, other actions to combat opioid epidemic AHA News Now (July 6, 2016)

Senate subcommittee approves Labor-HHS funding bill AHA News Now (June 7, 2016)

House votes to go to conference with Senate on opioid bills AHA News Now (May 17, 2016)

House approves AHA-supported bills to address opioid epidemic AHA News Now (May 12, 2016)

Letter: Health organizations to House leaders: Amending the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to address opioid crisis (May 10, 2016)

Hoyer says Congress needs to act on opioids, Zika AHA News Now (May 2, 2016)

Letter: AHA urges reassessment of HCAHPS survey pain questions (April 28, 2016)

House committee approves AHA-backed bills to prevent opioid deaths, dependency AHA News Now (April 28, 2016)

House committee approves AHA-supported bills to address opioid epidemic AHA News Now (April 27, 2016)

AHA voices support for six House bills to address the opioid epidemic AHA News Now (April 26, 2016)

Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce supporting bills to address the opioid epidemic (April 26, 2016)

Cleveland health systems testify at Senate field hearing on opioid epidemic AHA News Now (April 22, 2016)

FDA announces opioid-related guidance, labeling changes AHA News Now (March 24, 2016)

Letter of support to Senate sponsors of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (March 1, 2016)

Hospital leader testifies at Senate hearing on opioid use among seniors, AHA News Now (February 24, 2016)

HHS proposes raising physician prescribing limit for opioid treatment AHA News Now (March 29, 2016)

Medicaid IMD exclusion draws fire at House hearing on heroin, opioid abuse (March 29, 2016)

Ending the Opioid Epidemic, Rick Pollack, AHA STAT (February 26, 2016)

Letter: AHA asks CDC to finalize guidance on opioid prescribing for chronic pain (January 13, 2016)

Letter: AHA supports a proposed rule that permits states flexibility to use managed care to increase mental health services for enrollees aged 21 to 64 in short-term inpatient or sub-acute institutions for mental disease (IMDs) (July 23, 2015)

AHA to Rep. Katherine Clark regarding Support for Protecting Our Infants Act (S.799/H.R. 1462) (June 17, 2015)

AHA Webinars and Conference Calls

Substance Use Prevention: How to Make it Work in Your Community (January 19, 2017)

Morrison County’s Success in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse (December 13, 2016)

Essentia Health’s COAT Program Reduces Opioid Addiction (November 16, 2016)

The Addiction Crisis: A Community's Response (October 2016)

Our Community Responds to the Opiate Epidemic: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis  (July 2016)

The Safe Passage Initiative: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis (May 2016)

Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative: Community Hospital Foundation (April 2016)

SAMHSA Proposed Rule: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records (April 2016)

Clinical Pharmacist Chronic Pain Services: Implementing Interprofessional Care (March 2016)

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Massachusetts' Path to Action (March 2016) 

Hospital and Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis:  Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Approach (February 2016) 

Reducing the Impact of Addiction & Substance Abuse: Greater Bangor’s Community Health Leadership Board – St. Joseph Healthcare, Bangor, ME (May 2015)

Effective Programs for Pregnant, Addicted Patients – Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY and First Hospital Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre, PA (December 2014)

AHA Members in Action

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (February 2017)

Maternal Opiate Medical Support Project – MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH (January 2017)

Hampton Police and Sentara partner to combat opiate overdoses, WTKR (November 2016)

STATE OBOT-B – Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (September 2016)

Community and Hospital Response to the Opioid Epidemic – OHSU Hospital, Portland, OR (August 2016)

Hospital-County Collaboration Prevents Opioid Abuse - CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, MN (August 2016)

Alternatives to Opiates (ALTO) Program – St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ (June 2016)

Prescribe Safe – Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA (May 2016)

The Safe Passage Initiative – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, IL (May 2016)

Chronic Non-Malignant Pain, Addiction and Accidental Overdose: Interventions Inside and Outside the Walls – Duke University Health System, Durham, NC (May 2016)

Mountain States Health Alliance Adds to Opioid Addiction Arsenal MSHA, Johnson City, TN (May 2016)

A Population Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic: 4 Types of Patients and 4 Key Strategies – Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA (April 2016)

Duke University Health System's Approach to Opioid Safety Durham, NC (December 2015)

CDC, HHS, and SAMHSA Resources

Report: Protecting Our Infants Act Report to Congress (January 19, 2017)

White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women (December 2016)

CDC's Opioid Guide Mobile App (December 2016)

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (November 2016)

Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance, SAMHSA (August 3, 2016)

A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare and Collaborating Service Providers, SAMHSA (August 2016)

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Substance Use Trainings

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) and CDC Call Series (June - December 2016)

CDC rolls out new tools to help hospitals fight the deadly opioid epidemic,  H&HN Daily (March 16, 2016)

CDC issues final opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain, AHA News Now (March 15, 2016)

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, Guideline Resources, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  (March 2016)

Hospitals & Health Networks Coverage

Hospitals Harness EHRs, State Databases to Combat Opioid Epidemic (August 10, 2016)

Podcast: Hospitals try new approaches to treating opioid-dependent babies (June 9, 2016)

Tiny, opioid-dependent babies a massive problem; how health care could save billions (June 3, 2016)

6 Steps for hospitals to take to prevent prescription drug abuse, diversion (May 31, 2016)

As Congress Acts to Address Opioid Epidemic, States Taking Own Steps (May 16, 2016)

CDC Rolls Out New Tools to Help Hospitals Fight the Deadly Opioid Epidemic (March 16, 2016)

9 Ways to Use Your Hospital’s Emergency Department to Curb the Deadly Opioid Epidemic (March 9, 2016)

How Hospitals are Fighting on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis (March 2, 2016)

Hospitals Backing Increased Use of Opioid Antidote (January 8, 2016)

FDA Approves Nasal Naloxone To Combat Opioid Overdosing (November 20, 2015)

For more H&HN stories on the opioid epidemic, visit the H&HN website.

Other AHA News and Resources

AHA Legislative Advisory: The 21st Century Cures Act (December 7, 2016)

Study: Pediatric hospitalizations for prescription opioid poisonings up since 1997 AHA News Now (October 31, 2016)

Study: Risk for chronic opioid use associated with certain surgical procedures AHA News Now (July 11, 2016)

Study: 15% of Medicare patients fill new opioid prescription within week of discharge AHA News Now (June 14, 2016)

Advisory: Ending the Opioid Epidemic: New Patient Education Tool and Other Resources for Hospitals (June 2016)

Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know (June 2016)

AMA president urges physician action to prevent opioid overdoses, deaths (May 12, 2016)

Study: Hospitalizations for opioid abuse, related infections up sharply over decade AHA News Now (May 2, 2016)

Nursing, pharmacy schools to educate students in response to opioid crisis AHA News Now (May 2, 2016)

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards (April 27, 2016)
    Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management (April 18, 2016)

House subcommittee approves opioid bills AHA News Now (April 21, 2016)

HHS proposes raising physician prescribing limit for opioid treatment AHA News Now (March 29, 2016)

SAMHSA announces grants to prevent opioid overdoses, treat disorders AHA News Now (March 29, 2016)

FDA announces opioid-related guidance, labeling changes AHA News Now (March 24, 2016)

House Oversight and Government Reform panel examines heroin, opioid abuse AHA News Now (March 23, 2016)


Related Content

U.S. Surgeon General appeals to America’s clinicians to visit where they can pledge their commitment to combating opioid misuse (August 2016)

Prescription Drug 2016: Addressing America’s Drug Epidemic (June 2016)

Heroin overdose antidote now costs double, The Daily Beast  (May 30, 2016)

Opioid abuse in chronic pain – misconceptions and mitigation strategies, New England Journal of Medicine (March 31, 2016)

Opioid use and overdose: what we’ve learned in Ontario, Healthcare Quarterly (January 2016)

Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids Implementation Guide, Society for Hospital Medicine, Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement.  (2015) (Free registration required)

AAMI Foundation Report Makes Case for Continuous Monitoring of Patients Receiving Opioids, AAMI (December 18, 2015)

CMS Survey and Certification Letter related to monitoring of post-operative patients receiving IV opioid medications (March 14, 2014)



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