Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
  • Awards

    This week NIHCM Foundation hosted the 25th Annual NIHCM Awards at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to recognize outstanding health care research and journalism.

    Press Release Winners Finalists
  • News

    NIHCM welcomed Secretary Azar to a meeting in March to discuss efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to transform health care by lowering costs and improving value for patients.

  • Webinars

    As recognition of our country's mental and behavioral health challenges grows, Americans are looking for answers that will increase their happiness and well-being and prevent deaths of despair related to mental health, opioids and suicide. Our four-part webinar series delves into the research and explores innovative strategies and evidence-based solutions to lift our society from crisis.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded ten grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting, public engagement campaigns for documentaries and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees Apply for Funding
  • Grants

    NIHCM has awarded over $400,000 in grants to support seven investigator-initiated research studies on topics including value-based drug pricing and Medicaid expansion.

    Press Release All Research Grantees Apply for Funding
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Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists will explore the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019
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The Opioid Crisis: Understanding Pain and Preventing Opioid Misuse

February 13, 2018 | 08:00 AM
09:30 AM ET

OpioidsRegistrants021318Upwards of 2 million Americans misused prescription opioids for the first time in 2016. The misuse of these powerful painkillers can have devastating consequences—nearly half of opioid-related deaths involve legally obtained prescription medications.* With such stark consequences, how can we help patients manage pain while minimizing the danger of opioid misuse? This webinar will got the heart of the prevention question, exploring efforts across the health system to stop opioid abuse before it starts.

Speakers discussed:

  • Efforts to standardize the use of opioids to treat chronic pain based on CDC guidelines, and the use of insurance data to identify non-standard treatment patterns for targeted outreach
  • Partnerships to collect data and share best practices for reducing opioid use in the area with greatest potential for misuse—acute care prescribing after surgery, dentistry, emergency care or trauma
  • The latest on alternative pain management, including virtual reality, and ideas for closing the evidence gap on alternative treatments and the science of addiction
  • Education for consumers on securing and safely disposing of prescription medications

*As of 2016. The CDC has since reported that prescription drugs were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths in 2017

Speakers

christinamikosz
Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
tomleyden
Tom Leyden, MBA
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
michaelenglesbe
Michael Englesbe, MD
University of Michigan
kristinaclark
Kristina Clark
Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
andreaknight
Andrea Knight, PharmD
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
davidthomas
David Thomas, PhD
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Presentation Slides

"The Opioid Overdose Epidemic in the United States: CDC Response," Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Michigan Opioid Prevention Efforts," Tom Leyden, MBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan & Michael Englesbe, MD, University of Michigan
"Navigating the Opioid Crisis in Tennessee - A Health Plan Perspective," Andrea Knight, PharmD, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
"A Strategic Community Approach for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention," Kristina Clark, Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
"Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Exploring Alternative Pain Treatment Options," David Thomas, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists will explore the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 9, 2019.

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Awards

Winners Named in the 25th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 25th Annual NIHCM Foundation Research and Journalism Awards! The winners and finalists will be honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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