Taking Action on Opioids Through Research and Best Practice
10:30am - 11:30amTuesday, March 6
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
“The Opioid Crisis” is a highly consequential cost driver for the U.S., on both a financial and human scale. Drug-related deaths have skyrocketed from about 8 per 100,000 in 2003 to about 16 per 100,000 in 2015. Opioids are mostly responsible for this increase. Opioid-related treatment costs were approximately $78.5 billion in 2013. Significant gaps exist in our understanding of how to treat pain as well as how to treat opioid addiction. In 2016, dozens of healthcare experts from 15 organizations representing multiple disciplines gathered to discuss a variety of approaches to the opioid epidemic from the standpoint of the provision and payment of healthcare. As discussions progressed, it became clear that a unifying framework does not exist to determine what works and what does not. This session will outline how data and analytics are critical to broader understanding of the opioid epidemic and encouraging safer prescribing patterns.