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Insurance Markets / 25.02.2019

By Allison Valentine, Senior Policy Consultant and Chelsea Kelleher, Senior Policy Consultant

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 19.7 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder (SUD) –  including 2.1 million people with an opioid use disorder (OUD, i.e. addiction to heroin, illicit fentanyl, or prescription pain medications) and 14.5 million people with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based treatment strategy ...

Insurance Markets / 11.02.2019

By Tanya Schwartz, Director, Medicaid Policy and Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant

On January 1st, the California Health Homes Program (HHP) rolled out in two additional counties – Riverside and San Bernardino – after first launching in San Francisco in July 2018. San Francisco also expanded its HHP program to serve Medi-Cal members with mental health conditions in addition to those with physical health conditions....

Insurance Markets / 20.12.2018

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant; Megan Thomas, Senior Policy Consultant; and Jennifer Ryan, Vice President

Since 2015, Harbage Consulting has supported the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) with the planning and execution of Learning Collaboratives for California’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program. The hospitals and health systems participating in PRIME (PRIME entities) are working to maximize health care value by using evidence-based quality...

Care Coordination / 30.11.2018

By Hilary Haycock, President, Jennifer Ryan, Vice President and Kevin Wren, Communications and Public Affairs Consultant.

Flu season is upon us and National Influenza Week is starting on December 2nd. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot as the first, and most important, line of defense. Vaccines.gov echoes this sentiment, noting that millions of people get the flu every year, and the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu by as much as 50 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) reports that the flu results in over 200,000 hospitalizations and...

Opioid / 01.11.2018

By Allison Valentine, Senior Policy Consultant; Chelsea Kelleher, Senior Policy Consultant; Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy; and Jennifer Ryan, Vice President

The opioid addiction epidemic in our nation continues to be one of the most significant public health crises in recent history, as we have noted in recent blogs. Drug overdose deaths involving opioids have more than tripled in the United States from 2000-2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in 2016, 66 percent of which involved an...

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