Half of clinicians who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder have actually done so, and a majority are prescribing the medication for a number of patients that is well below the limit for which they are waivered, according to a new study.
The California Department of Health Care Services has announced that $20 million in funding will be awarded to two-thirds of hospitals in the state to provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment services.
A study using trained actors attempting to get addiction treatment in 10 states found that pregnant women were about 20% less likely to be accepted for treatment vs. women who are not pregnant, with the largest discrepancy involving buprenorphine prescribers.
The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, ballot measure 110 in Oregon, would establish addiction recovery centers, increase access to treatment and replace criminal penalties for certain offenses with fines.
A study released by Milliman illustrates a sizable disconnect between the degree to which patients with behavioral health conditions are driving total healthcare costs in the U.S., while spending on behavioral health treatment remains comparatively slim.
Researchers at Temple University have received a $1.77 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the effects of a therapy for the treatment of cocaine use disorder, according to a media report.
Psychosocial factors are clearly important in determining health status and driving primary care visits. If we are prepared, the primacy of behavior change in health improvement could place our field on the frontlines of healthcare delivery.
The “primary care psychologist” (PC-Psy) concept springs from a newly conceived framework in which a psychologist and a primary care physician are business partners. While this depiction is not currently in existence, there are no major impediments to this PC-Psy role becoming real.