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Seven strategies that could help curb opioid addiction among Medicaid beneficiaries

by Susan Levine, specialist leader, strategy and operations at Deloitte Consulting LLP

Opioid addiction has deep roots in the United States. During the Civil War, the Union Army issued nearly 10 million opium pills and nearly 3 million ounces of opium powder.1 Injured soldiers who were given opium for the pain sometimes returned home as addicts. The current opioid epidemic has similar origins—liberal opioid prescribing for pain has led to an epidemic of addiction.

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Is Dr. Smith in my network? MA enrollees want directories they can count on

by Danielle Moon, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

During the early part of the decade, I was at the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where I headed a group that oversaw the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. At the time, MA provider directories really weren’t on our radar. But these electronic directories have come under scrutiny recently, and CMS is now conducting audits to help ensure the information is up to date and correct.

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Back to school: The reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic of health care

by Sarah Thomas, Managing Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

Well, it is that time of year again, when dry leaves start skittering around and the days get shorter. School supplies have been purchased and tucked into backpacks, and first-day-of-school photos have been filling up my Facebook page. Summer recess is also over for Congress, which returned to work after Labor Day. What can we expect from the Senate and the House during what remains of 2017?

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Outcomes measurement in the modern era: A hospital imperative

by Claire Cruse, Health Policy Manager, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

The so-called “father of outcomes management” – Ernest Codman – began developing ways to standardize and track patient results in the early 1900s. Dr. Codman pioneered the outcomes movement, using what he called “End Results Cards” to document demographic, diagnosis, and treatment data on each patient he treated.

Today, his legacy lives on in many ways,

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