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Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO, American Psychological Association will present on, 'Employing a Population Health Approach to Address Behavioral Health Conditions,'   May 31, 2017, 4:00-5:00PM in the  International Lounge / Usdan Building, Brandeis University. Reception to follow 5:00-6:00pm.

Thomas McGuire, Ph.D., Professor of Health Care Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School will present, Differences, Disparities and Discrimination in Health Care: Conceptual and Empirical Issues. The presentation will be on April 27, 3:30-5:00PM; Heller School, room G-2.
Sponsored by the Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment (NIDA P30 DA035772)

The Opioid Crisis – A Critical Threat Across The U.S. - Why Health Services Research Matters session has been accepted for oral presentation at Academy Health in Panels on Critical and Emerging Issues in Health Services Research (HSR). The conference this year will be held in New Orleans, LA, June 25-27. This session is co-sponsored by the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center to Improve the System Performance of Substance Use Disorders (P30 DA035772) and the Brandeis Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Institute for Behavioral Health. Panel members: Andrew Kolodny, MD, Peter Kreiner, Ph.D., Sharon Reif, Ph.D. (Brandeis) and Richard Frank, Ph.D. (Harvard).

Dominic Hodgkin will present, Target attainability and provider response in pay-for-performance: Evidence from substance use disorder treatment as part of the session titled: Provider Payment Innovations and Behavioral Health Care, at the 12th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA), Boston University,  July 7-11, 2017.

The Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center hosted a Fall 2016 Symposium on December 12, 2016. Richard Frank, Ph.D., Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, presented on Addressing the Fentanyl Threat.

American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, November 14, 2016. Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Care, Privacy, and HIT—Can We Make it All Work? Panelists: Alisa Busch, MD, MS, David Bates, MD, Paul Tang, MD, Marissa Gordon-Nguyen, JD, MPH

American Public Health Association (APHA); November 2016; Denver, CO. Health plan strategies for screening and brief intervention for alcohol misuse and other preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. Reif, S., Horgan, C.M., Quinn, A.,Garnick, D.W., Evans, B., Henry, B.

American Public Health Association (APHA); November 2016; Denver, CO. Private health plans are changing their behavioral health coverage and management under federal parity. Reif, S., Hodgkin, D., Horgan, C.M., Stewart, M., Garnick, D.W., Quinn, A., Creedon, T., Evans, B.

Addiction Health Services Research Annual Conference; October 2016; Seattle, WA presentations by NIDA Center researchers

  • Effects of Global Payment and Accountable Care on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders.  Julie Donohue, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Colleen L. Barry, Shelly F. Greenfield, Kenneth Duckworth, Michael E. Chernew, Haiden A. Huskamp.
  • Effects of the Alternative Quality Contract on Treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Conditions. Nina R. Joyce, Haiden Huskamp, Colleen L. Barry, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Shelly F. Greenfield, Kenneth Duckworth, Zirui Song, Michael E. Chernew, Julie M. Donohue.

2016 Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment Conference; October 2016; Yakima, WA, October 3-4, 2016. Influencing Performance Measures for Substance Use Disorders Quality of Care: Results of Implementation of Incentives and Alerts in Washington State.

Project Team:

  • Brandeis: Deborah GarnickMargaret Lee, Constance M. Horgan, Lee Panas, Andrea Acevedo, Grant Ritter 
  • State of Washington Behavioral Health & Service Integration Administration (BHSIA), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR): Kevin Campbell, Can Du, Katie Weaver-Randall, Alice Huber, Jason Bean-Mortinson, Fritz Wrede, Eric Larson

Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA); June 2016; New Orleans, LA: Health plan dissemination of screening and brief intervention for alcohol misuse under the Affordable Care Act. Horgan, C.M., Reif, S., Quinn, A., Garnick, D.W., Hodgkin, D., Stewart, M., Henry, B., Evans, B.

AcademyHealth; June 2016; Boston, MA  Center presentations

  • Performance measures for substance use disorders: Implementing alerts and incentives in Washington state. Deborah W. Garnick, Margaret Lee, Constance M. Horgan, Lee Panas, Andrea Acevedo, Grant Ritter, AcademyHealth; Behavioral Health Interest Group; June 2016; Boston, MA
  • Private health plans’ role in delivery and payment reform to support integrated care. Constance M. Horgan, Maureen T. Stewart, Deborah W. Garnick, Sharon Reif, Amity E. Quinn, Timothy Creedon.
  • Behavioral health provider network structures and adequacy standards in private health plans. Constance M. Horgan, Sharon Reif, Deborah W. Garnick, Maureen T. Stewart, Brooke Evans, Timothy Creedon.
  • Private health plans are changing their behavioral health coverage and management under federal parity. Dominic Hodgkin, Constance M. Horgan, Maureen T. Stewart, Deborah W. Garnick, Amity Quinn, Timothy Creedon, Sharon Reif, Brooke Evans.

American Society of Health Economics conference (ASHEcon 2016) in Philadelphia, PA, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – the NIDA Center co-sponsored presentations by researchers at the Institute for Behavioral Health:

  • Timothy Creedon (presenter), Dominic Hodgkin, Constance M. Horgan. Effects of Federal Parity Legislation on Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment: Results from the NSDUH, 2005-2014.
  • Dominic Hodgkin (presenter), Constance M. Horgan, Sharon Reif, Timothy B, Deborah Garnick, Maureen T. Stewart, Amity E. Quinn, Brooke Evans.  Federal Parity Legislation and Private Health Plan Policies: Preliminary Findings From A National Survey.   

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - the NIDA Center co-sponsored a presentation by Mary Brolin, Ph.D., Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health, entitled “Reducing Risky Alcohol Use: What Health Care Systems Can Do.”

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program Targeted Learning Opportunity (TLO) Substance Use Disorders Webinar on Developing P4P Initiatives Monday, April 11, 2016 - Maureen Stewart,  co-investigator in the NIDA Center, presented ‘States’ Experiences: Identifying Lessons Learned from Pay-for-Performance Initiatives.‘

Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center Spring presentation Monday, February 22, 2016 - Haiden Huskamp, Ph.D., NIDA Center Co-PI, and Professor at the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School presented, 'Effects of a global payment and accountable care model on substance use disorder service use and spending.'

Boston Globe editorial, ‘Connecting mind and body in health care coverage.' NIDA Center researcher, Haiden Huskamp comments in a January 11, 2016 column.

NIDA Clinical Trials (CTN) Data Science Taskforce webinar December 11, 2015 - NIDA Center researchers discussed performance measures in the  webinar, 'Performance Measures for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: Opportunities for the CTN.' Watch the archived webinar https://1sourceevents.adobeconnect.com/p3nk4g39a5j/ and download slides.

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum November 17, 2015 and a white paper were co-sponsored by The Center, ‘Improving Access to Substance Abuse Treatment and Reducing Incarceration and Recidivism.’

Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference 2015, in Marina Del Rey, CA.October 14-16, 2015 - The NIDA Center co-sponsored several sessions 'Navigating a Changing Healthcare Landscape.'

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