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A highlight of this year's OptumLabs Research & Translation Forum was Opioid Insights for Action Day -- an event that was also broadcast via live stream to maximize participation by stakeholders committed to reversing the opioid epidemic.

Our goal was to immerse participants in what's working, what's not, and rally around metrics to guide solutions and opportunities that increase impact through innovation and partnership.  You can now experience the event through these videos.

Michael Botticelli speaking


The Opioid Epidemic: How We Got Here, How We End It

The opioid epidemic is complex and we can't let it confound us. Learn how we need to double down on what's working and innovate in the right places to deliver better care and sustained support.

KEYNOTE: Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center, Distinguished Policy Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and former Director, White House Office of Drug Control Policy

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If you can't measure it, you can't fix it.

The epidemic’s complexity requires a multi-dimensional approach to define and deliver on meaningful metrics. See how comprehensive KPIs can benchmark and drive improvements in key domains: Prevention, Pain Management, OUD Treatment, and Maternal & Child Health.

SPEAKERS: Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Aylin Altan, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research, OptumLabs

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Domain 1:  Prevention

How are we doing against CDC Guidelines for prescribing?  See how our KPIs look at prescribing through many lenses. Explore new research on site of care prescribing differences and more. Discover solutions that align prescribing and patient access at the point of service.



KPIs: See presentation slides here.
Research: Molly Jeffery, PhD, Research Associate, Health Economics, Mayo Clinic
Data Science: Christopher Hane, PhD, Vice President, Data Science, OptumLabs
Solutions: David Beshara, Managing Director, Clinical Programs, OptumRx

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Domain 2:  Pain Management

Pain is common but complicated to treat. Learn more about research on the use of non-opioid conservative therapies, how surgeons prescribe opioids for various procedures, and innovative ideas on access that promote conservative approaches to low back pain treatment.

KPIs:  W. Michael Hooten, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic 
Research:  Lewis Kazis, ScD, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical practices (CAPP) at the Boston University School of Public Health; Robert Saper, MD, MPH, Director of Integrative Medicine for the Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Catherine Chen, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco
Solutions:  David Elton, DC, Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs, Optum Consumer Solutions Group

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Domain 3:  Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Increased access to Medication Assisted Treatment can save lives. Learn about a predictive model that identifies people at risk for OUD/OD before they are diagnosed and examine new ways we’re expanding the network to increase opportunities for more effective treatment.

KPIs: Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Baltimore and Chair of American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Public Policy Committee
Data Science: Anne Jackson, MBA, Director of Data Science, Optum Technology
Solutions: Bernie Elliott, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Population Health Solutions, Optum Consumer Solutions Group

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Partnering to Change the Trajectory

Discover how the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs has successfully addressed opioid issues on many fronts and the opportunities that can be expanded to the private sector. Learn how CMS is working the opioid misuse agenda for Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs.

Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OptumLabs; Patricia Horoho, MS, CEO, OptumServe, retired United States Army Lieutenant General and former U.S. Army Surgeon General; Kimberly Brandt, JD, MS, Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Domain 4:  Maternal & Child Health

Mothers and their babies face unique issues with opioid use and new measures are needed to help this vulnerable population.  Find out more about how we might reduce the impact of neo-natal abstinence syndrome and pediatric opioid prescribing outside of guidelines.

KPIs: Davida Schiff, MD, MSc, Pediatrician and Perinatal Substance Use Researcher, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Research: Gretchen Bandoli, PhD,  Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Perinatal Epidemiologist, University of California, San Diego
Solutions: Ana Fuentevilla, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

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Our Imperative – A Father’s Perspective

The stigma associated with addiction can prevent us from seeing OUD as the chronic disease it is.  Learn how data & analytics can help guide and evaluate our responses to the opioid epidemic, and inform more innovative approaches to access and treatment quality evaluation.

KEYNOTE: Gary Mendell, MBA, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Shatterproof 

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