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Presbyterian Leaders Address Opioid Epidemic, Social Determinants of Health

April 27, 2018


15th Annual World Health Care Congress features Presbyterian physician leaders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – At next week's World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., Presbyterian physician leaders will share best practices to address two critical issues impacting health care systems across the country—social  determinants of health and the opioid epidemic.

  • On Monday April 30 at 11:35 a.m., Jason Mitchell, MD, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will discuss "Bottom-Line Impacts: Make the Business Case for Investing in Social Determinants of Health" with Alefiyah Mesiwala, MD, UPMC Health Plan and Karin VanZant, CareSource and moderator Hilary Heishman, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The session will address the role of payers and providers in addressing non-medical needs in a risk-based environment, how to demonstrate return on investment, data needs and specific collaborative models.
  • On Wednesday, May 2 at 8:05 a.m., Daniel Duhigg, DO, Clinical Program Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will join the keynote session "Battle on All Fronts: Addressing the Opioid Crisis." The session will focus on innovative state programs, leveraging behavioral and community services and the role of technology in addressing the crisis. Panelists include Imelda Dacones, MD, Northwest Permanente, P.C. and Paul L. Uhrig, Surescripts with moderator Pamela Greenberg, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness.

See the schedule here: Drs. Duhigg and Mitchell are available for interviews.




About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 11,000 employees.

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