December 1, 2022
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • A Kaiser Health News article discusses ways to expand access buprenorphine to help treat addiction and prevent relapse. Industry experts offered several solutions, including: 1) emergency room doctors could prescribe a few days’ worth of the medication for a patient who comes to them in crisis, then refer the patient to a specialist, or the patient’s primary doctor could take over the buprenorphine treatment after an addiction treatment specialist stabilizes a patient; 2) expand “hub and spoke” model of care arrangements; and 3) states can also increase access to medication-assisted treatment by expanding their Medicaid programs. (Article here)