Three-Part Webinar Series
Managing Opioids, Pain, and Chronic Disease: Critical Steps in Addressing Population Health

The healthcare industry is in a season of disruption—and it’s causing turmoil that’s impacting quality care across the healthcare continuum. With a steadfast focus on reducing readmission rates, today’s healthcare leaders are facing even greater challenges, such as shifting patient volumes outside the hospital walls, a growing senior population, an increasing number of patients with chronic pain and conditions, and an opioid abuse epidemic.

Our system is in crisis—now more than ever, we must address population health.

Download the webinar recordings as we discuss the important role of maintaining and growing staff competencies in the collective effort to improve patient and resident outcomes.

Opioid Misuse & Addiction: Strategies for Preparing Clinicians & Staff
Presented by Dr. Andrew MacPherson, Emergency, and EMS Physician, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council
July 11

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Treating an Aging Population: An Effective Approach to Chronic Conditions
Presented by Robin Rose & Robyne Wilcox, HealthStream
July 18

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The Evolution of the Opioid Crisis: From Pain Management to Overdose
Presented by Dr. Jill Warrington, Aspenti Health
July 24

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Recent article

The Opioid Abuse Epidemic:

A Problem Across The Entire Care Continuum

Did you know that every day more than 130 people in the United States die from overdosing on opioids? Many factors have intersected to drive the rate and reach of the opioid epidemic. Prescribing practices have played a substantial role, but those practices have been shaped in turn by circumstances ranging from medical issues—increases in chronic diseases, new surgical interventions, and professional calls for better pain management.

This epidemic of abuse with significant human cost is a serious national crisis with an impact on the physical, mental, and economic health of the country. In this article, we explore the cost of the crisis and how environments across the entire care continuum are taking the necessary steps to combat this epidemic.

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"Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids."

- The National Institute on Drug Abuse, quoting the CDC

Additional Resources


10 Healthcare Trends

While the move to value-based care has been a top priority in recent years, governmental uncertainty and a slowing of the bundled payment initiative had made this a lower priority, at least for now, as healthcare executives look to the future. Instead, a greater focus on population health management is emerging.

Better Prepared Staff

Giving students control over the learning process can lead to a 60% faster learning curve. Adaptive learning can increase retention rates from 70-80%. A competency-based progression places focus on the students ability to demonstrate mastery of a topic. 

Compliance Trends

Healthcare is spending a lot of time thinking about ways to strengthen the regulation of opioids. A team of content experts from HCCS, A HealthStream Company, recently attended the Health Care Compliance Association’s 2018 Enforcement Conference, where some sessions focused on measures to combat the opioid crisis.

Chronic Disease Treatment

From diabetes, depression, COPD, hypertension and more, chronic conditions affect the entire care continuum, and proper management of these serious, often under estimated, disorders should play a vital role in any population health management effort.