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ADVISORY: Health IT Now and Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness to Hold October 23rd Hill Briefing on Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC: Health IT Now and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness will hold a joint Congressional briefing on Monday, October 23rd at 2:30 PM entitled “Using Health IT to Combat the Opioid Crisis.”

Opioid misuse claims the lives of 91 Americans each day, while challenges in interoperability and incomplete patient data too often prevent doctors from recognizing the warning signs of opioid use disorder before it’s too late.

Health IT Now and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness will convene experts on the frontlines of fighting the opioid epidemic for a Congressional briefing on the tools needed to combat this crisis, including emerging technologies, and what Congress can do to help.

WHAT: “Using Health IT to Combat the Opioid Crisis”
WHEN: Monday, October 23rd at 2:30 PM ET
WHERE: 122 Cannon House Office Building 
MEDIA: Open press 
RSVP: RSVP@HealthITnow.org 

SPEAKERS:

  • Joel White, Executive Director, Health IT Now
  • Nicole Russell, Manager of Government Affairs, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)
  • Mark Treshock, Associate Partner for Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM 
  • Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (speaker TBD) 

Refreshments will be served. This is a widely attended event. 

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Background:

Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) is the national voice for companies that manage behavioral health and wellness services. ABHW supports effective federal, state and accrediting organization policies that ensure specialty behavioral health organizations (BHOs) can continue to increase quality, manage costs and promote wellness for the nearly 170 million people served by its members. Learn more at ABHW.org

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