Do State Opioid Policies Influence Nonprofit Hospitals’ Decisions to Address Substance Abuse in Their Communities?

Berkeley Franz, Cory E. Cronin, Daniel Skinner, José A. Pagán

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Abstract

The U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse calls for broad collaboration between a wide range of health care institutions and the various levels of government. Through the community benefit programs they provide, nonprofit hospitals are well positioned to be key partners in local efforts. Although substance abuse appears on approximately 90% of the most recent community health needs assessments completed by hospitals, many hospitals are not addressing substance abuse in their programmatic efforts. Given wide state variation in policies to combat opioid abuse, we assess whether state leadership to address the opioid crisis influences hospital decisions to invest in substance abuse programs. Our findings suggest that several key state policies are related to hospital investments in substance abuse initiatives. To capitalize on the community benefit responsibilities of local hospitals, policies that provide specific direction for and engagement with local hospitals may increase cooperation and investments to address substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2019

Keywords

  • community health
  • hospitals
  • nonprofit
  • opioids
  • policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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