23rd Annual Conference of the ECRI Institute 2016 Washington

  • Conference Call
  • The ECRI Insti­tute will be hold­ing its 23rd Annual Con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 1617, 2016 in Wash­ing­ton, DC at the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences. The event will carry the theme “Health Sys­tems and Addic­tion: The Use and Mis­use of Legal Sub­stances”.

    Con­fer­ence Main Theme

    We’ve all read enough head­lines about addic­tion and over­dose. This con­fer­ence is about what to do about it. Mil­lions of pre­scrip­tions are writ­ten for drugs like opi­oids, stim­u­lants, anti­de­pres­sants. Many, but not all, are writ­ten for legit­i­mate, evidence-​based, med­ical pur­poses. Per­spec­tives vary on how to address the human and finan­cial costs of both use and mis­use. The bal­ance of the two is largely miss­ing from the national dis­cus­sion, and so is the chang­ing role of health sys­tems. The issues are com­plex and intertwined.

    “Health Sys­tems and Addic­tion: The Use and Mis­use of Legal Sub­stances” is a free, status-​taking con­fer­ence designed for a broad audi­ence. It is appro­pri­ate for providers who spe­cial­ize in addic­tion, but pri­mar­ily tar­gets health sys­tem exec­u­tives, prac­ti­tion­ers, researchers and pol­icy mak­ers who are seek­ing a greater under­stand­ing of sub­stance use dis­or­ders and the role health sys­tems play within acute-​care and community-​based care set­tings. Pub­lic and pay­ment poli­cies shape how these institution-​based sys­tems act and this will be care­fully exam­ined. National thought lead­ers will bring evi­dence and insights on the sci­en­tific under­stand­ing of addic­tion, inno­va­tions in the pre­ven­tion of mis­use of legal sub­stances, and ini­tia­tives to treat and man­age addiction.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The con­fer­ence will begin by fram­ing issues to bet­ter under­stand the inter­face between the use and mis­use of legal sub­stances, and which parts of health sys­tems should be play­ing which roles in improv­ing care and less­en­ing harm. This will set the stage for under­stand­ing issues that are cen­tral to both pol­icy and practice.

    High­lights of main con­fer­ence sessions:

    • Sci­en­tific foun­da­tions of prob­lems sur­round­ing addic­tive sub­stances, includ­ing the epi­demi­ol­ogy and the brain sci­ence that helps dis­tin­guish the effect of one sub­stance from another
    • Impact of the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana in states like Colorado
    • Roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties of fed­eral agen­cies, state gov­ern­ments, the Depart­ment of Defense, and the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs
    • Provider issues, such as which chronic and acute care treat­ment mod­els are work­ing to cre­ate effec­tive imme­di­ate and longer term treat­ment and recov­ery, with an exam­i­na­tion of access, coor­di­na­tion and tran­si­tions of care
    • Role of pub­lic and pri­vate pay­ers and the incen­tives that con­di­tion and drive health­care sys­tems towards var­i­ous paths
    • Dis­cus­sion by major health sys­tem CEOs on the incen­tives and dis­in­cen­tives for population-​based and insti­tu­tional care
    • Bar­ri­ers and solu­tions to effec­tive pre­ven­tion of mis­use and to suc­cess­ful treat­ment programs

    And in our cap­stone ses­sion, we will have an extra­or­di­nary real-​world exam­ple of how to cre­ate the polit­i­cal will needed to affect change.


    • Con­fer­ence Sponsors
    • Acad­e­my­Health
    • Agency for Health­care Research and Qual­ity (AHRQ)
    • Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence (AAAS)
    • Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs
    • ECRI Insti­tute
    • Jayne Koski­nas Ted Gio­va­nis Foun­da­tion for Health and Policy
    • Kaiser Per­ma­nente
    • Leonard Davis Insti­tute of Health Economics
    • Patient-​Centered Out­comes Research Insti­tute (PCORI)
    • Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Health System


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