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The Health of America


Aug 23, 2019

Overdose survivors come through this busy Newark ER nearly every day, many of them returning patients. Doctors and nurses don’t always have the time or resources to connect patients right away to addiction treatment. Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey saw a window of opportunity in the ER. The health plan and a partner hospital system have embedded peer recovery specialists, right in the ER. They're on the ER team, with an office right near exam rooms. And they can literally rush to the bedside before a patient is discharged.