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Equity Considerations for Addressing Opioid Use Disorder

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Join us for a webinar that examines three projects that demonstrate how HMA has partnered with states and counties to address opioid use disorder with an equity focus. HMA experts will be joined by representatives from partner organizations to discuss their efforts to reduce disparities, which have been trending upward nationally, in opioid use disorder prevalence and overdose deaths—whether it be in brown and black communities or with pregnant and parenting people.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn how states can implement strategies to engage non-traditional partners to address equity.
  2. Understand why partnering with community organizations and community leaders is critical to addressing inequities in substance use disorder (SUD).
  3. Discover how HMA can support states, counties, and municipalities in these efforts.



Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Ecosystem of Care-Pivoting to Save Lives Part 3: Building Systems-Thinking in the SUD Ecosystem

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The final webinar of this three-part series emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive and interconnected spectrum of engagement and treatment strategies. To truly build and maintain a substance use disorder (SUD) ecosystem with accountability across the system and ‘no wrong door,’ best practices must embrace a systems-thinking approach. An interconnected system requires building strong partnerships across the SUD ecosystem and engagement and treatment strategies will focus on leveraging those partnerships to facilitate engagement of individuals throughout the system.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss approaches to system alignment that emphasize impact and ensure individuals remain engaged no matter where they are in their SUD journey.
  2. Describe a comprehensive approach to systems thinking that builds accountable relationships and partnerships to ensure that the system has no wrong doors for engagement of individuals throughout the system.

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Webinar replay: Leavitt Partners – The Future of Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits

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This webinar was held on April 4, 2024.

This webinar was offered by Leavitt Partners, an HMA company.

More than 30 million Americans are enrolled in MA plans and more than half of Medicare-eligible beneficiaries participate in the program—a number that was less than 30 percent just a decade ago. One reason Medicare beneficiaries opt to participate in MA plans is the ability to offer supplemental benefits, including dental, vision, hearing, transportation services, OTC items, an in-home support services. Initially limited to a core set of offerings, over the years, MA supplemental benefits have undergone significant changes that have led to a broader range of allowable benefits, an expansion of how benefits can be targeted, and, growth in the number of plans offering such benefits.

This webinar covered how to understand MA supplemental benefit growth and the current regulatory environment, including opportunities and threats; discovered the opportunities and challenges MA plans face in offering supplemental benefits; and learned about the issues supplemental benefit providers face in administering supplemental benefits.

Read the Leavitt Partners white paper discussed in the webinar: A Vision for the Future of Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits: Advancing Value, But Validating Results

Matt Gallivan, Director, Leavitt Partners, an HMA Company
Andrew Friedell, COO, The Helper Bees
Michael Bagel, Associate Vice President, Public Policy, Alliance of Community Health Plans


Webinar replay: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Ecosystem of Care-Pivoting to Save Lives Part 2: Empowering Change in the SUD Ecosystem

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This webinar was held on April 10, 2024.

As covered in the first webinar of this series, we have an imperative to think and act differently to change the trajectory of not just the long-standing opioid epidemic, but other existing and emerging harmful substance use and addiction. Grounded in equity, empowering change in the SUD ecosystem requires person-centered and community driven approaches to respond to individual wants and needs. We must meet each person where they are as well as consider how the ecosystem of each community can be leveraged to drive change.

In this webinar, we shared examples of best practices that could be improved upon by integrating a person-centered approach; explained how “meeting people where they are” applies to equitable practices, individualized care, and community solutions; and discussed “equity grounded” in the context of the SUD ecosystem including addressing structural barriers, dominant narratives, and incorporating community voices and partnerships.

Below is a report referenced during the webinar:

You may also be interested in the upcoming webinar, “Equity Considerations for Addressing Opioid Use Disorder”. Register now.

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Webinar replay: Compassionate Overdose Response Summit and Naloxone Dosing Meeting

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The Compassionate Overdose Response Summit and Naloxone Dosing Meeting, held on March 18-19, 2024, was a two-day summit where naloxone experts built consensus on the definition of a compassionate bystander overdose response.

Day 1 (March 18) was an invitation-only for a small group of researchers, people with lived experience of overdose, those who have reversed multiple overdoses, and medical providers tasked with drafting an issue brief that will be the basis for the remainder of the summit.

Day 2 (March 19) was an open virtual summit. On this day, we shared the issue brief with the audience for feedback and host multiple presentations that covered emerging research on this topic, including:

  • The impact of different naloxone doses and formulations on people who receive them
  • The role of oxygen in community overdose response
  • Communication strategies for bystander overdose response steps

The event produced clear guidance on naloxone dosing and the role of oxygen in overdose response:

  1. There is no real-world evidence for high-dose or long-acting opioid antagonists; therefore, until there is community experience with those regimens, they should not be included in standing orders or made available for broad community use.
  2. Rescue breathing is standard overdose response protocol and should be included in educational materials and training.
  3. People who use drugs must be central to the design, development, purchasing and distribution of all overdose reversal products

Additional materials from this event are below:

For justification for the above statements or for questions, please contact Erin Russell.



Webinar replay: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Ecosystem of Care: Pivoting to Save Lives – Part 1

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This webinar was held on March 14, 2024. 

This was part 1 of our 3-part webinar series, “Substance Use Disorder Ecosystem of Care: Pivoting to Save Lives.”  In this session, we provided an overview of the series and took a look at the services and support that comprise a system of care for people who are not yet in treatment. These services are often community-based and involve outreach, engagement, and meeting people where they are. As people enter treatment, experience relapse, or choose to move through different treatment modalities, health promotion and harm reduction can serve as a safety net to keep people continuously engaged.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the differences between prevention, promotion, and harm reduction.
  • Illustrate the primary goal of health promotion.
  • Distinguish the continuum and role of health promotion related to stages of chronic disease: active, controlled, and relapse.
  • Identify role of harm reduction as a health promotion activity in the public sector v. the harm reduction often carried out in CBO/non-profit sector.

Whether you are a healthcare professional, caregiver, or someone personally affected by substance use, this webinar offered a roadmap for navigating the complexities of the Substance Use Care Continuum, fostering hope and resilience in the pursuit of sustained well-being.

Watch previous webinars and register for upcoming webinars in the series.


Webinar replay – Navigating change: exploring the opportunities of New York’s 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment

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This webinar was held on January 24, 2024.

During this webinar, HMA panel guides you through the newly approved key provisions of New York’s 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment. This groundbreaking development opens doors to transformative changes in healthcare delivery, impacting both providers and beneficiaries alike, including enhanced Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) benefits, workforce and hospital investments, and further commitment to Value Based Payment (VBP).

Gain valuable insights into the innovative strategies and opportunities presented by the waiver amendment, paving the way for new social care networking activities, funding opportunities, and regulatory flexibilities that will improve access to vital services.

This webinar shared information on waiver-specific details and what they mean, what potential opportunities will become available, and heard from national experts on similar models implemented nationally.


Webinar replay: Collaborating to improve children’s behavioral health – a comprehensive playbook to fostering wellbeing in children

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This webinar was held on December 12, 2023. 

Beyond the statistics lie the stories of countless children and families needing immediate and critical access to behavioral health services and community-based supports. Addressing these issues requires comprehensive cross-system reforms, including policies that promote integrated financing, enhanced care coordination, increased provider collaboration, and bolster upstream prevention efforts. HMA is working with these national partner organizations to prioritize and focus on cross system integrated and interoperable solutions to address the needs of children, youth, and families with complex behavioral health needs.

HMA hosted a webinar in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), and with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and other funders. Together, these organizations have developed a multi-state policy lab to be held in February 2024. Applications for state agency participation opened the week of November 11th. State agency decision makers can click here to fill out and submit your state agency’s application. This webinar focused on the overall effort and for states to hear from this partnership on the importance of collaborating to strengthen the children’s behavioral health system.

If the link above ( to the online form causes problems or does not work for you, please use this fillable PDF application and send it to [email protected] with all relevant attachments. Applicants must submit the full application no later than 5 pm on December 20, 2023.

Key highlights of this webinar include:

  • Explaining the need to develop a collaborative multi-system response to meet the behavioral health needs of children, youth and their families
  • The opportunity for 8 state child serving agency teams to participate in the children’s behavioral health policy lab

Featured Speakers:

Julie Collins, MSW, LCSW, VP, Practice Excellence, CWLA
David Miller, M.P.Aff., Senior Operations & Project Director, NASMHPD
Sheila Poole, Vice President, External Relations, APHSA
Joe Ribsam, JD, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy Director, AECF



Webinar replay: Opportunities for state regulators to shape policy and regulation of treatment for substance use disorder

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This webinar was held on November 2, 2023. 

Health Management Associates (HMA) offered a 3-part series of webinars looking at the effect of proposed regulations on delivery of opioid treatment services to the population facing addiction issues. In this third and final webinar, HMA consultants highlighted opportunities for state regulators to shape policy and regulation of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.

New federal regulations encourage significant changes to how opioid treatment is provided, with the goal of expanding access and improving patient-centered care. State regulators will need to adapt their regulatory practices and work closely with Medicaid agencies and treatment providers so the new regulations can achieve their intended goals. This webinar discussed how State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTAs), licensing entities, and state Medicaid agencies will need to work together to craft updated regulations, facility licensing, and reimbursement practices that advance person-centered care.

HMA experts were joined by Allegra Schorr, VP, West Midtown Medical Group and President of the Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates (COMPA). COMPA represents New York State’s Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), as well as providers offering office-based medication-assisted treatment, currently providing addiction treatment to over 43,000 New Yorkers.

Learning Objectives:

  • New Regulatory Requirements – Overview of state rules around opioid treatment vs the new requirements.
  • How to Improve SUD Treatment Access – Specific recommendations on statutory and regulatory changes that could lead to more patient centered treatment options.
  • States Leading the Way – Examples from states that are leading the way to expand access and reduce stigma.

Other webinars in this series:

Watch the replay of Part 1 on Opioid Treatment Providers

Watch the replay of Part 2 on Opioid State Payers Aligning Incentives for Treatment


Webinar replay: Youth mental health access: school-based intervention strategies

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This webinar was held on June 14, 2023.

The youth mental health crisis has resulted in a cascade of federal funding, advisories, and overall opportunities to improve resources to help kids. This webinar presented the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) STEPS for Adolescents model, which is a low cost, high impact approach that empowers schools to intervene and support well-being and resiliency before students are in crisis, self-harming, or suicidal. Attendees learned how to fund and implement this approach to promoting mental wellness as a strategy to reduce the burden on clinical resources designed to treat mental illness.

Whether you are a plan looking to develop value added services, a provider looking to better integrate with schools, or a school team looking for new approaches, this discussion offered information about available funding, highlight research demonstrating evidence for the model, and offer Q&A with one of the developers of the DBT model.

Learning Objectives

  • Credentialing Not Required – Why DBT is a preferred model to address the youth BH crisis.
  • Ease of Implementation – How DBT has been adapted for current school personnel to deliver.
  • Financing Options –How to finance enhancements to school-based mental health services including, but not limited to DBT-STEPS-A.

Featured Speakers


Webinar replay: Opportunities for state payers to improve & align incentives for treatment of substance use disorder

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This webinar was held on June 6, 2023. 

Health Management Associates (HMA) is proud to offer a 3-part series of webinars looking at the effect of proposed regulations on delivery of opioid treatment services to the population facing addiction issues. In this second webinar, HMA consultants highlighted opportunities for state payers to improve & align incentives so that providers can expand access to treatment enabled by new federal regulations that encourage patient-centered care.

Patients seeking SUD treatment stand to truly benefit from the changes presented in the forthcoming SAMHSA regulations. However, payers need to restructure the reimbursement model to incentivize person-centered care and allow opioid treatment providers to remain fiscally viable without putting undue burden on patients.  The change in regulations present a unique opportunity to advance value-based payment models in the SUD treatment system and expand access to treatment that meets patients where they are.

Learning Objectives:

  • How Payers Can Benefit – Understanding the opportunity for payers to close important gaps in current approaches to SUD treatment.
  • Innovation Inspiration – Learning from other programs to better deliver whole person care.
  • Tackling Challenges – Identifying the likely obstacles and how they can be overcome.


  • Chris Regal, Director, Clinical Innovation, America’s Health Insurance Plans​

Watch the replay of Part 1 of our Opioid Treatment Providers webinar series.

Stayed tuned for information on part 3 of our Opioid Treatment Providers series: Opportunities for State Regulators to Shape Policy and Regulation of Treatment for Substance Use Disorder


Webinar replay: Behavioral health: moving access to care and network adequacy into the 21st century

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This webinar was held on September 7, 2023.

States, counties, health plans, and providers are asking how to meet the growing demand for behavioral health (BH) services. HMA teamed with experts to discuss these challenges at our recent Quality Conference where we crowdsourced ideas for how to redefine and measure network adequacy, examining provider selection, community need, and measurement.

This webinar reconvened those panelists to continue this critical conversation, shared feedback on factors that lead to “adequate” provider capacity, and discussed the impact of new federal network adequacy standards.

The conversation won’t stop with this webinar. We’ll use our continuously crowdsourced information and material for our BH workshop on Oct. 29, (the day prior to the start of the 2023 HMA Conference), making the connection between how large system reform in BH will shape how we think about network adequacy. We hope you’ll join us.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand widely varying state standards for BH network adequacy and metrics — and validity concerns about how provider volume is assessed.
  • Consider the true impact of BH provider shortage on care. (Reality check: we do not have enough BH providers and will not catch up at the current rate of training.)
  • Learn about treatment engagement challenges and the need to establish criteria for discharge or discontinuation of treatment.
  • Understand how extending BH workforce capacity with peer networks might ease shortage concerns.
  • Hear about Delaware’s challenges and innovations to build an end-to-end ecosystem of care, shifting toward a journey rather than an episode of care.
  • Learn about recent federal reform and new standards around network adequacy.


Nazlim Hagmann, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Commonwealth Care Alliance 

Rhonda Robinson Beale, MD
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealth Group

Claire Wang, MD, ScD
Associate Deputy Director, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Delaware State Department of Health and Social Services