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Engaging Employers: Solving the Opioid Crisis in Virginia

Posted by Joe Antle on September 30, 2019 10:55 AM EDT
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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend two terrific programs on the same day at the same location-Slover Library in downtown Norfolk.  Both addressed the need to make bold moves now and on a sustained basis to win the war against the opioid crisis.  One was a wonderful lecture by Beth Macy, the author of the New York Times best-selling book, "Dopesick".  Riveting and well-presented, the evening lecture was quite enlightening.  

However, the other program, a breakfast meeting promoted by the Hampton Roads Opioid Working Group, in collaboration with Old Dominion University and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce......

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Our Food is Killing Us-Let's Get Healthy!

Posted by Joe Antle on September 3, 2019 9:40 AM EDT
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Recently, I was lamenting about the raging debate over health insurance models with a couple of very good friends who are both executives with two separate health insurance carriers.  One of these gentlemen runs the Medicaid business with his employer Optima Health while the other runs the web analytics business with Anthem BC/BS of Virginia.  My points in the discussion was that the debate always seems to focus on the issue of should all insurance follow the "Medicare for All" model or should it go back to 100% privatization through the free enterprise market model?

My position is that the debate is ill-founded.  The focus needs to be on driving activities and lifestyle changes, healthcare education and other actions to improve population health and reduce demand on the American health care system.  I told them as an ex-media executive now working in substance use disorder services, it's an issue that the media is not focusing on fully enough.  All of this, of course, is brought back into the public dialogue in part due to the Democratic political debates..... 

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