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The long term effects of the pandemic on Florida’s opioid crisis

| Jun 2, 2021 | Florida

Social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic increased feelings of isolation, which contributed in part to the rise of opioid use, behavioral health experts say. In 2020, non-fatal opioid overdoses increased by 40 percent compared to 2019, according to the Florida Dept. of Health.  Gov. DeSantis suspended Florida’s COVID-19 restrictions last month,...[ Read More ]

10 Hawaii health centers receive over $1.6 million to fight opioid crisis

Emily Boerger | Aug 16, 2019 | Hawaii

HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced they will award $1.67 million in funding to 10 Hawaii health centers in an effort to combat the opioid crisis. The funding is part of $400 million awarded to HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations, and academic institutions across the country....[ Read More ]

HCA partnering with Coordinated Care in potential new integrated care model for kids

| Mar 15, 2019 | Washington

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation announced a new model called Integrated Care for Kids (InCK). The InCK model is part of a strategy to fight the national opioid crisis. Its goal is to make positive health impacts and outcomes for kids covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Opioids, OHA RFA, YouScript

| Dec 14, 2018 | Oregon

Welcome back to Medicaid, Lori Coyner. And congratulations on making that recruitment come to fruition, Pat Allen!  With that, we'll get right to the items we're following in Oregon health care for the month of December, 2018. With help from Sara Gentzler, Marjie High and Emily Boerger     1. Opioid crisis...[ Read More ]

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey releases policy primer on opioid epidemic

Sara Gentzler | Dec 11, 2018 | Arizona

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey published a policy primer that highlights the progress of the state's efforts to "curb addictions, expand access to treatment, and save lives" today. Ducey declared a statewide emergency in June 2017, after data was released showing a 74 percent increase in opioid overdoses over four years. ...[ Read More ]

Data shows progress in state opioid response plan initiative

Sara Gentzler | Oct 23, 2018 | Washington

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) released an update on the Better Prescribing, Better Treatment initiative, which launched in late 2017 as part of the state opioid response plan. The initiative partners report that opioid prescriptions exceeding the new state Apple Health program prescribing guidelines have declined by 64.7 percent...[ Read More ]