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HHS Grants Fund Patient Access to Care for Opioid Use Disorder

March 22, 2019 - The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has allocated $487 million in grant funding to allow states to increase patient access to care and treatment for opioid use disorder. These funds come as a part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program, launched under the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Since last summer, the SOR has provided...


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Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

AMA Calls to Eliminate Prior Authorization for MAT Patient Access

by Sara Heath

Eliminating prior authorization regulations will be essential for expanding patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), asserted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny,...

HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Close Opioid Treatment Gaps

by Sara Heath

A new program from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) aims to fill opioid treatment access gaps in medically underserved areas. The National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program...

Patient-Centered Care Key for Pain Management in Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

An individualized, patient-centered approach to pain management could help improve care outcomes and patient experience while still addressing the opioid crisis, according to a proposed report from the Pain Management Best Practices...

PA State Policies Push for Patient Care Access, Opioid Treatment

by Sara Heath

Healthcare providers and policymakers in Pennsylvania have successfully improved patient care access for opioid addiction treatments, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA), Pennsylvania Medical Society...

Using Patient Education Technology to Combat Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

Throughout the nation, healthcare professionals are working to tackle the opioid crisis. On the one hand, clinicians understand that prescribing these pills can contribute to addiction. On the other, clinicians want patients to be able to...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

by Sara Heath

CMS is launching a new Medicaid care model that will improve care coordination, behavioral health integration, and access to care for expectant and new mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model aims to...

How Does the Opioids Bill Address Patient Consent, Medical Records?

by Sara Heath

As efforts to address the opioid crisis and mental and behavioral health issues come to the forefront, as do questions of patient consent, privacy, and medical records access. Specifically, impending legislation to address the opioid...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

Medication Management Improvements Key for Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare industry is on the right track, more must be done to improve medication management to drive higher patient medication adherence and patient safety, according to a survey from the Association of Medical Directors of...

CMS to Drive Community Care Coordination for Behavioral Health

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new care delivery model that aims to improve preventive care, early detection, and care access for pediatric patients at-risk of having an opioid addiction or behavioral health issue. The Integrate Care for Kids (IncK)...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

by Sara Heath

Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

Patient-Provider Communication, Education Key for Opioid Prescribing

by Sara Heath

Open patient-provider communication is essential for providers looking to combat the opioid crisis, according to a recent report from the Medical Group Management Association. The report, Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Effective Policies...

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

by Sara Heath

Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a...

CMS Issues Guidance on Patient Access to Care for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

New CMS guidance for combating the opioid crisis calls for state Medicaid agencies to improve patient access to care and patient engagement with certain opioid misuse treatment protocol. Specifically, CMS released a special bulletin that...

Can Peer Health Coaches Boost Patient Engagement in Drug Recovery?

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has launched a new program to improve patient engagement during opioid abuse recovery. The program, titled Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery),...

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