Independence Chief Medical Officer addresses World Health Care Congress

Thursday, 04 May 2017 / Published in News Briefs

Independence Blue Cross Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Snyder, M.D., yesterday joined a keynote panel discussion on the opioid epidemic at the 14th Annual World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.

Moderated by Jayne O’Donnell, health care policy reporter at USA Today, the panel, “Beyond the Drug du Jour: Leverage Behavioral Health, Prevention, and Policy to Curb the Opioid Epidemic” explored: Crossing behavioral health care and policy initiatives to treat mental health and substance abuse; the landscape and change initiatives in behavioral and mental health including early intervention; outlook and progress on New York’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis; and efforts to decrease stigma and increase prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders.

In addition to Dr. Snyder, the panel included the following distinguished experts:

  • Tom Hill, Vice President of Addiction and Recovery, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Bernadette M. Melnyk, Ph.D., CPNP/PMHNP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion; University Chief Wellness Officer; Dean and Professor, College of Nursing; Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University
  • Howard A. Zucker, M.D., Commissioner of Health, New York State

Dr. Snyder also took part in an interview about the opioid epidemic.

The 14th Annual World Health Care Congress convenes decision-makers from all sectors of health care to catalyze meaningful partnerships and change.


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