Volume 3, Issue 1: Industry News

PRESS RELEASE: Brain Injury Association of America Recognizes Administration’s Opioid Emergency Declaration; Calls for More

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact:
William Dane
(512) 987-0101
wdane@biausa.org

Vienna, Va. – The Brain Injury Association of America salutes the Trump Administration for directing the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency. Opioid addiction, overdose, and death trends continue to rise dramatically throughout the United States. While President Trump’s directive does not appropriate new funds to combat the epidemic, it does allow federal agencies to provide more grant money from existing budgets for prevention and treatment.

The explosive growth of opiate use in the United States is staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, a number that has nearly tripled since 2002. The number of Americans who survive an opioid-related overdose but suffer an anoxic brain injury (i.e., loss of oxygen to the brain) is unknown. “But we do know how debilitating anoxic injuries are,” said Susan Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Anoxic injuries are worse than traumatic injuries because damage to the brain is diffuse rather than focal, making it that much harder to overcome physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments. “Individuals who survive overdoes need co-occurring treatment for substance misuse and brain injury,” Connors added.

Finding appropriately trained clinicians can be difficult, but the Brain Injury Association of America can help. Call 1-888-444-6443 for information.

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About the Brain Injury Association of America:

The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.

 

Uninsured rate rises to 12.3% in third quarter, up from 11.7%

Healthcarefinancenews.com – The uninsured rate has risen by 1.4 percent since the end of 2016, with the greatest increase being among those who paid for their own insurance either on or off the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to a new Gallup and Sharecare poll. The number of adults with self-paid plans has fallen from 21.3 percent to 20 percent.

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Ticket to Health: Do your homework before traveling for medical procedures 

Dallasnews.com – Since 2014, Kim Ludwig of Plano has been fighting multiple myeloma with the help of Dr. Larry Anderson Jr., a doctor at one of the nation’s best programs  for the disease at Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center. But once every quarter, Ludwig travels to Rochester, Minn., to consult with Dr. Angela Dispenzieri, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic.

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Comparing the Healthcare Systems in India and the United States

Healthline.com – Two years ago, Kabita Kanhar delivered a baby girl but couldn’t pay her medical bill.

The hospital in Choudwar, India, quickly discharged her. Without her baby. They told her she’d get her child after she paid. When she returned the next day with the money, hospital officials at first said they couldn’t find her child, according to news reports. Local authorities proceeded to launch an investigation.

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San Diego’s next tourism craze: medicine

Sandiegouniontribune.com – Planning a visit to San Diego? Hit the beaches. Check. Spend a day at the zoo or a theme park. Check. Sample craft beer. Check. Book a stay at a local hospital for cutting-edge cardiac or cancer treatment? For decades, San Diego has traded on its reputation for year-round sun, a captivating coastline and family-friendly attractions to woo tourists, but enticing visitors with the promise of life-saving treatments by acclaimed physicians and hospitals has never been offered up before as a selling point.

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