Confronting the Opioid Crisis in America
April 9, 2019 1 -2:30 p.m. (EST)
The alarmingly high death rate from the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts has become our state’s number one public health crisis.
In this webinar, you'll learn what Massachusetts has been doing to combat both the spigot problem and the treatment challenges of the opioid epidemic. We'll discuss the root causes of our current predicament; the first step in getting out of a hole is to stop digging. Next, we'll discuss addiction physiology and opioid substance use disorder treatment. Lastly, we'll cover concrete best practices, tools, and guidelines that you can take back to share with your colleagues.
This webinar will help hospitals and healthcare organizations:
• Describe the genesis of the opioid crisis in the United States, basic addiction physiology/treatment, and healthcare’s
role in combatting this public health issue.
• Discuss methods that will help bring about the urgent cultural changes required.
• Identify and show how to access concrete best practices, tools, and guidelines.
• Learn about Massachusetts’ response to the crisis
Steven M. Defossez
, MD, EMHL, CPE, VP of Clinical Integration, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
As the Vice President of Clinical Integration at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), Steve’s responsibilities include strategic leadership, education, and policy initiatives that facilitate MHA members’ transitions in meeting key health delivery reform imperatives at the federal and state levels, with a focus on physician relationships. In particular, Steve leads MHA’s Physician/Hospital Integration Collaborative (PHIC) and the Physician Leadership Council (PLC), coordinating efforts with MHA staff on related technical and policy matters. Steve contributes the physician perspective, selecting MHA goals related to clinical issues, including quality of care, patient safety, public health information, and health information technology. As a result of these activities, Steve contributes to a strong public presence for MHA, serving as its lead representative and spokesperson on physician-related issues.
Steve currently serves as co-chair of the statewide Massachusetts Medical Society-MHA Joint Task Force on Physician Burnout. H spearheaded physician engagement on MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force, and recently co-authored MHA’s “State of the State: Reducing Readmissions in Massachusetts,” and the “Report of the MHA Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Task Force.” Steve provides value to and enhances collaboration with, MHA hospital-affiliated medical practices, as well as serving as a liaison to hospital-employed and hospital affiliated physicians. A strong patient advocate, he continues to practice MRI.