Dually Noted from around the web

August 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

From punishment to treatment: The federal approach to the opioid crisis
As reported in the Washington Post, the federal government is launching a new program to address the opioid addiction crisis. The program will “pair public health and law enforcement in an effort to shift the emphasis from punishment to the treatment of addicts.” In an interview on NPR, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, says that part of the effort will look at “increasing the capacity within our hospital systems and primary care facilities” to care for individuals facing opioid addiction.

Paramedicine programs continue to grow
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new community paramedicine program in Pennsylvania. Similar to the Commonwealth Care Alliance mobile integrated health partnership with EasCare, the Pennsylvania initiative deploys specially trained paramedics to the homes of frail elders and disabled individuals to assist with “chronic disease management, medication compliance and home safety.” Like our program and others around the country, the Pennsylvania effort was created to cut healthcare costs by reducing ER visits and hospitalizations while bringing more appropriate care to individuals in need.

Low costs and better care through care coordination
An essay on the Huffington Post claims that in the years to come health care payments will move from fee-for-service to fee-for-outcomes. For that to be successful, the health care system needs to “develop far more robust care coordination programs and broaden their networks to include a comprehensive set of non-medical, community-based service providers.” This community-focused care coordination, the author argues, will reduce costs and produce better care.

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