It’s time to stop focusing on blame and start looking at solutions to make a difference in the lives of opioid users in your workplace. That was the message from former Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice and business liabilities related to substance use and abuse. Switalski spoke at The Alliance’s Opioid Epidemic Summit on July 24 at Monona Terrace.
The opioid epidemic is everywhere. It’s in the news, in your community, in your workplace and perhaps in your family. It’s likely that you know someone who has used opioids. In fact, many people who later become addicted have their first experience with an opioid prescribed by a physician to treat severe pain.
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal believes Americans are trapped into “Paying Till It Hurts” for health care. “Our health care system really isn’t working well for anyone,” Rosenthal said at The Alliance Annual Seminar on May 17 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. “Unless you’re in the 1 percent, you could be one medical problem away from financial disaster.”
Months have passed since the leaders of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were forming a company that will buy high-quality health care at a lower cost. And they still haven’t picked a person to lead that effort. That’s an indicator of how tough it will be to fix the health care system, according to Sally Welborn, a consultant who was previously the senior vice president of global benefits for Walmart Stores, Inc.
“There is strength in numbers – in policy making as well as purchasing health care,” said Karen Timberlake, principal at the Wisconsin offices of Michael Best Strategies. Several staff members of Michael Best Strategies spoke about the past year in health policy and what lies ahead in 2018 at The Alliance’s Health Policy event.
How has federal health policy changed over the past year? Which changes impact employers with self-funded employee health benefit plans? And what are the ‘hot button’ legislation items currently being discussed in U.S. government? John Barlament, partner at Quarles and Brady informed attendees of the need-to-know issues that could impact their benefit offerings at the health policy focused event last month.