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HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

November 1, 2017 - As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) access, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). MAT combines both behavioral therapy and use of medications –...


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