October 5, 2021
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • David Smith and Greg Williams of Third Horizon Strategies participated in a Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy roundtable focused on advancing payment and delivery reforms that can support expanded access to high-quality SUD treatment and recovery services. The center released a meeting summary that provides key perspectives and takeaways from the virtual roundtable and outlines critical opportunities and next steps for advancing alternative payment approaches for SUD, including identifying opportunities for integrating SUD in primary care; determining strategies for improving consistent data collection, quality measurement, and analytical approaches; capturing early experiences in APM implementation and recommending opportunities for improvement and broader use; and developing actions states can take to support further adoption of SUD-focused APMs. (Summary here)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for New York to collect a $200 million surcharge imposed on opioid manufacturers and distributors to defray the state’s costs arising from the deadly epidemic involving the powerful painkilling drugs. The law’s challengers included the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, which represents the three largest opioid distributors in the United States, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen Corp, and Cardinal Health. (Article here)