Healthcare providers invited to participate in free training pilot focusing on CDC guidelines for safe opioid prescribing and SAMHSA guidelines for substance abuse screening/brief intervention

Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare has launched Insight to Action™, an innovative assessment and training program that educates healthcare providers on the latest clinical guidelines around opioid prescribing and substance abuse screening and brief intervention. These guidelines are integral to improving patient outcomes.  The Insight to Action Founding Partner free pilot program is now accepting participants from physician practices, hospitals or healthcare systems.

When:  Open for participation now. Register here.

How:  Designed with busy providers in mind, each online module program takes just under two hours to complete, with an easy-to-follow interactive e-learning approach that enhances the provider’s ability to have difficult conversation with patients around opioid and substance use. Continuing education units are awarded for participation. Insight to Action provides a baseline assessment of providers’ understanding of the guidelines and targeted remediation when needed. It also provides system-level reports for administrators to better gauge overall guideline comprehension and compliance.

Why:  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 191 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to American patients in 2017. Of those in treatment centers for opioid use disorder, 50 percent of cases originated from prescription medication.¹ Just as alarming, according to a Massachusetts Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) screening guide,15 percent of people will screen positive for unhealthy alcohol/drug use.²

Clinical guidelines, established by the CDC and SAMHSA respectively, can help reduce the incidence and severity of opioid and substance abuse when followed. Unfortunately, a recent survey of providers revealed that only 15 percent of practitioners feel “very” up to date on established guidelines intersecting their practice as these do.³ This leads to incomplete and inconsistent adoption of the guidelines. This is not only devastating to individuals, but also leads to higher costs for providers, hospitals, health systems, insurance companies and ultimately the public. Insight to Action is designed to assess and bolster a provider’s skills in areas which may lead to non-compliance, and as a result, improve outcomes and quality care.

Who: Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare, part of online learning industry leader Ascend Learning.


Cindy Parks, 913-526-6912, [email protected].

¹ CDC 2018, Addictive Behaviors Nov. 2017

² Massachusetts Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) screening guide

³ Provider Demand Survey, June 2018

Barnes & Noble Education and Jones & Bartlett Learning Announce Inclusive Access Agreement

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, today announced a new agreement with Jones & Bartlett Learning, a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. Through this agreement, eBooks from Jones & Bartlett Learning will be made available through inclusive access models offered on campuses served by BNED nationwide through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries.

“We are pleased to work with Jones & Bartlett Learning to expand the library of high-quality digital materials available through inclusive access programs on campuses nationwide,” said Ann Fraley, Vice President, Campus Solutions, Barnes & Noble College. “Inclusive access continues to drive success for college and university students, and we are committed to ensuring faculty members have a wide breadth of digital options to choose from when implementing inclusive access models in their courses.”

Inclusive access models, including BNC FirstDay™, ensure students have the materials they need at the start of the semester, allowing faculty members to begin instruction on day one. These models offer course materials at reduced prices through a course materials charge for participating programs. Students have the option to receive their materials on or before the first day of class, delivered seamlessly through their learning management system.

“Providing students and institutions with choice and affordable options in quality course material is always our goal,” said Ed Moura, President, Jones & Bartlett Learning. “We are excited to work with Barnes & Noble Education to expand our offering with the First Day inclusive access model.”


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in the United States. For more information please visit

BNED companies include: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLCMBS Textbook Exchange, LLCBNED LoudCloud, LLCStudent Brands, LLCPromoversity, LLC, and PaperRater, LLC. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website:


Jones & Bartlett Learning is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary education, post-secondary education, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett Learning develops educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals. For more information on Jones & Bartlett Learning, visit