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Cigna will provide the American Society of Addiction Medicine with two years of substance use claims data as part of a partnership to address substance abuse, particularly the growing problem of opioid addiction, according to an announcement released on Tuesday.
As they discussed their health policy priorities Tuesday at the American Hospital Association's annual conference, two top officials in the Obama administration emphasized the federal government wants to collaborate with healthcare leaders as it strives to transform the delivery system.
As the opioid abuse and addiction crisis intensified, private and public insurers took on more of the cost, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in Health Affairs.
Every 20 minutes someone in the United States dies as the result of an opioid overdose, reports WBUR. And some experts question why providers rely on help from the pharmaceutical industry--by means of medications such as methodone, naltrexone and buprenorphine--to fix the problem of opioid addiction.
The opioid abuse epidemic has already hit hospitals hard, mobilizing hospital leaders and prompting the federal government to allocate more than $500 million against it. Now new research published in Health Affairs finds the crisis has also hurt hospitals financially.
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