Opioid Epidemic, Part 1: The Prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder and Impact of Distressed Communities

By: Zach Bredl and Cody Elias

The Growing Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic is a serious public health crisis that is affecting the nation’s social and economic welfare. In 2017, opioids were responsible for about 130 deaths per day, more than 47,000 yearly. Opioid prescribing rates are three times higher than they were in 1999 while opioid overdoses are an astounding five times higher. How did this happen? [...]

2019-12-05T10:22:54-05:00

Rethinking Referrals to Post-Acute Care

By Ivy Xiwen Deng Data Visualization by Sanat Malhotra

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals have drawn attention from policymakers as key partners in reducing the overall cost of care. Consequently, the effort has led to an enhanced focus on preventing readmissions and reducing unnecessary care. The ACA implemented several policy measures to hold hospitals accountable for what happens to patients post-discharge. [...]

2019-12-05T10:35:09-05:00

Member Spotlight: How a CareJourney Member Leverages Network Advantage and Population Insights for Market Expansion, Network Optimization & Integrity

The past decade has seen a remarkable increase in the number of lives covered in risk-based contracts. According to a recent article by Leavitt Partners published in Health Affairs, “At the end of the first quarter of 2018, we were tracking a total of 1,011 ACOs representing 1,477 distinct active accountable care payment contracts with public and private payers. [...]

2019-12-05T09:13:37-05:00
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