SEPTEMBER 6–9, 2018

Fall 2018 Forum Highlights

Opioid Crisis: New Approaches for the Long-Term Health and Well-Being of Patients and Their Communities

Overview

As the national emergency of opioid addiction continues to take a toll on Americans across all the States, the Forum heard an update on the scope of the current problem and solutions that are working in some States. Sarah Shoemaker, PhD, PharmD, from Abt Associates reported that in 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was 5 times higher than in 1999.

On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Dr. Shoemaker reported the demographics across the nation of this epidemic.

Delaware

Delaware’s Lt. Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, reported progress on the State’s “Three-Year Action Plan.” The Plan is a roadmap for the Governor and members of the General Assembly to address the challenges of opioid abuse. The integrated plan addresses prevention, treatment and recovery for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Tennessee

Tennessee’s approach was discussed by David M. Stern, MD, who serves on the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine. He reported on the Commission’s formulation of evidenced-based pain and addiction medicine competencies for management of pain, proper prescribing of pain medication, and diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from addiction.

Federal Tax Reform — Impact on the States

An expert on the implications of tax reform for the States, Ms. Reuben interpreted the new Federal Tax Reform law and explored what States can do to take advantage of some new opportunities it offers. She advised Forum members to reconsider what the business of governing is, and to assess new strategies to provide the services needed to build the States’ futures.

Online Sales Tax Collections — Aftermath of the Wayfair Decision: 
What will new state policies look like?

The Supreme Court’s June 2018 Wayfair decision, which suggested that South Dakota’s Internet sales tax law would pass constitutional muster, can have significant effects on state sales tax revenues. Mr. Crosby examined the opportunities and challenges that arise from the ruling. A major question is what legislation is required to begin Internet sales tax collections and which States can begin enforcing collection requirements administratively.

Morning Consult

The team from the market research firm “Morning Consult” shared their expertise on revolutionary new ways to collect, organize, and share survey research data. The company has developed advanced methods for understanding what consumers think, say, and see. They reported data from a poll they conducted specifically for the Forum, focused on the topics under discussions. Led by Managing Director of Client Services, Tyler Sinclair, with support from his team of group facilitators, they engaged Forum participants in a lively, interactive exercise that examined how decisions are made at the State level.

2018 Elections – What to Expect

Morning Consult brings a wealth of data and insight to bear on the political climate of the 2018 elections. Morning Consult’s Managing Director, Tyler Sinclair, presented the results of recent polls that examined the public’s perspectives on the Trump Administration, Governors, and Senators, as well as issue awareness and ranking of concerns among Americans across the nation.

Kim S. Rueben

Senior Fellow
Tax Policy Center
Urban Institute & Brookings Institution

Joe Crosby

CEO & Principal
Multistate Associates

Tyler Sinclair

Managing Director
Client Services
Morning Consult

Sarah Shoemaker, PhD, PharmD

Health Services Researcher

Abt Associates

Bethany Hall-Long

Lt. Governor

Delaware and Professor
of Nursing and Joint Faculty
in Urban Affairs
University of Delaware

David Stern, MD

Robert Kaplan Executive Dean
and Vice-Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
for the University of Tennessee’s
College of Medicines

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SEPTEMBER 6–9, 2018

Fall 2018 Forum Highlights

Opioid Crisis: New Approaches for the Long-Term Health and Well-Being of Patients and Their Communities

Overview

As the national emergency of opioid addiction continues to take a toll on Americans across all the States, the Forum heard an update on the scope of the current problem and solutions that are working in some States. Sarah Shoemaker, PhD, PharmD, from Abt Associates reported that in 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was 5 times higher than in 1999.

On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Dr. Shoemaker reported the demographics across the nation of this epidemic.

Delaware

Delaware’s Lt. Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, reported progress on the State’s “Three-Year Action Plan.” The Plan is a roadmap for the Governor and members of the General Assembly to address the challenges of opioid abuse. The integrated plan addresses prevention, treatment and recovery for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Tennessee

Tennessee’s approach was discussed by David M. Stern, MD, who serves on the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine. He reported on the Commission’s formulation of evidenced-based pain and addiction medicine competencies for management of pain, proper prescribing of pain medication, and diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from addiction.

Federal Tax Reform — Impact on the States

An expert on the implications of tax reform for the States, Ms. Reuben interpreted the new Federal Tax Reform law and explored what States can do to take advantage of some new opportunities it offers. She advised Forum members to reconsider what the business of governing is, and to assess new strategies to provide the services needed to build the States’ futures.

Online Sales Tax Collections — Aftermath of the Wayfair Decision: 
What will new state policies look like?

The Supreme Court’s June 2018 Wayfair decision, which suggested that South Dakota’s Internet sales tax law would pass constitutional muster, can have significant effects on state sales tax revenues. Mr. Crosby examined the opportunities and challenges that arise from the ruling. A major question is what legislation is required to begin Internet sales tax collections and which States can begin enforcing collection requirements administratively.

Morning Consult

The team from the market research firm “Morning Consult” shared their expertise on revolutionary new ways to collect, organize, and share survey research data. The company has developed advanced methods for understanding what consumers think, say, and see. They reported data from a poll they conducted specifically for the Forum, focused on the topics under discussions. Led by Managing Director of Client Services, Tyler Sinclair, with support from his team of group facilitators, they engaged Forum participants in a lively, interactive exercise that examined how decisions are made at the State level.

2018 Elections – What to Expect

Morning Consult brings a wealth of data and insight to bear on the political climate of the 2018 elections. Morning Consult’s Managing Director, Tyler Sinclair, presented the results of recent polls that examined the public’s perspectives on the Trump Administration, Governors, and Senators, as well as issue awareness and ranking of concerns among Americans across the nation.

Kim S. Rueben

Senior Fellow
Tax Policy Center
Urban Institute & Brookings
Institution

Joe Crosby

CEO & Principal
Multistate Associates

Tyler Sinclair

Managing Director
Client Services
Morning Consult

Sarah Shoemaker,
PhD, PharmD

Health Services Researcher

Abt Associates

Bethany Hall-Long

Lt. Governor

Delaware and Professor
of Nursing and Joint Faculty
in Urban Affairs
University of Delaware

David Stern, MD

Robert Kaplan Executive
Dean and Vice-Chancellor
for Clinical Affairs for the
University of Tennessee’s
College of Medicines

SEPTEMBER 6–9, 2018

Fall 2018 Forum Highlights

Opioid Crisis: New Approaches for the Long-Term Health and Well-Being of Patients and Their Communities

Overview

Sarah Shoemaker, PhD, PharmD

Health Services Researcher

Abt Associates

As the national emergency of opioid addiction continues to take a toll on Americans across all the States, the Forum heard an update on the scope of the current problem and solutions that are working in some States. Sarah Shoemaker, PhD, PharmD, from Abt Associates reported that in 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was 5 times higher than in 1999.

On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Dr. Shoemaker reported the demographics across the nation of this epidemic.

Delaware

Bethany Hall-Long

Lt. Governor

Delaware and Professor of Nursing and
Joint Faculty in Urban Affairs
University of Delaware

Delaware’s Lt. Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, reported progress on the State’s “Three-Year Action Plan.” The Plan is a roadmap for the Governor and members of the General Assembly to address the challenges of opioid abuse. The integrated plan addresses prevention, treatment and recovery for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Tennessee

David Stern, MD

Robert Kaplan Executive
Dean and Vice-Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
for the University of Tennessee’s
College of Medicines

Tennessee’s approach was discussed by David M. Stern, MD, who serves on the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine. He reported on the Commission’s formulation of evidenced-based pain and addiction medicine competencies for management of pain, proper prescribing of pain medication, and diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from addiction.

Federal Tax Reform — Impact on the States

Kim S. Rueben

Senior Fellow
Tax Policy Center
Urban Institute & Brookings Institution

An expert on the implications of tax reform for the States, Ms. Reuben interpreted the new Federal Tax Reform law and explored what States can do to take advantage of some new opportunities it offers. She advised Forum members to reconsider what the business of governing is, and to assess new strategies to provide the services needed to build the States’ futures.

Online Sales Tax Collections — Aftermath of the Wayfair Decision:  What will new state policies look like?

Joe Crosby

CEO & Principal
Multistate Associates

The Supreme Court’s June 2018 Wayfair decision, which suggested that South Dakota’s Internet sales tax law would pass constitutional muster, can have significant effects on state sales tax revenues. Mr. Crosby examined the opportunities and challenges that arise from the ruling. A major question is what legislation is required to begin Internet sales tax collections and which States can begin enforcing collection requirements administratively.

Morning Consult

Tyler Sinclair

Managing Director
Client Services
Morning Consult

The team from the market research firm “Morning Consult” shared their expertise on revolutionary new ways to collect, organize, and share survey research data. The company has developed advanced methods for understanding what consumers think, say, and see. They reported data from a poll they conducted specifically for the Forum, focused on the topics under discussions. Led by Managing Director of Client Services, Tyler Sinclair, with support from his team of group facilitators, they engaged Forum participants in a lively, interactive exercise that examined how decisions are made at the State level.

2018 Elections – What to Expect

Morning Consult brings a wealth of data and insight to bear on the political climate of the 2018 elections. Morning Consult’s Managing Director, Tyler Sinclair, presented the results of recent polls that examined the public’s perspectives on the Trump Administration, Governors, and Senators, as well as issue awareness and ranking of concerns among Americans across the nation.