Winning the Opioid War, One Battle at a Time
The Trump Administration recently granted additional funding for states’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis in America. The funding is aimed to expand access to treatment and support while providing more real-time and predictive data. The agreement with the states is for three years, with first-year funding estimated at $301 million and total estimated funding of $1.8 billion.
Our country is seeing the first drop in overdose deaths in more than two decades, more Americans are getting treatment for addiction, and lives are being saved. At the same time, we are still far from declaring victory. We will continue executing on the Department’s 5-Point strategy for combating the opioid crisis, and laying the foundation for a healthcare system where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.
– U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
Trickle-Down Opportunity for Providers
The State Opioid Response Grants are aimed at providing adjustable financial resources to state governments to support prevention, treatment and recovery services in the ways that meet the needs of their state. Hospitals and health systems should continue to work with their state and other providers in the state to devise new ways to address the epidemic with these additional funds. Part of the funding can be used to partner with others to help provide data, tools and resources.
BKD recognizes the opioid epidemic has been an uphill battle for health care providers. Adequate access to the necessary information for further understanding the risks associated with all aspects of managing pain for patients and treating patients with opioid dependency is often burdensome and difficult to navigate. We know health care providers have many competing priorities—all important—and we recognize an affordable and manageable solution to help navigate the data is needed.
If your organization is interested in being part of the solution and effectively preventing opioid abuse, please complete the form below to request a demo of our new monitoring tool, Opioid Interactive.