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AAC outcomes study confirms industry efficacy

February 22, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

American Addiction Centers hopes to change perceptions about treatment efficacy across the field with the release of its first patient outcomes study.

MHA report offers glimpse of state trends

February 15, 2018  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN
article

The MHA report notes that 18% of adults nationally have a mental health condition, and about half of them have a concurrent substance use disorder. Half of those with mental health disorders go without treatment.

Opioid crisis now $1 trillion problem

February 13, 2018  |  Tom Valentino
article

The opioid epidemic in the United States has cost $1 trillion since 2001 and is on pace to cost another $500 billion by 2020, according to a study released Tuesday by Altarum.

Buprenorphine helps to lower the cost of the opioid crisis

February 13, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington
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A research study shows that patients treated with buprenorphine through induction and maintenance treatment required fewer inpatient hospitalizations after starting treatment, with an 82% reduction in inpatient hospital stays.

Integrated care: a beloved platitude

November 28, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
Perspectives

Integrated care is a slogan. It seems like a high principle, but it is really a ruse or gross exaggeration in most cases, especially when behavioral health is on the table.

Annual cost of opioid crisis as high as $504 billion

November 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Two recent research studies have placed dollar amounts on the staggering costs of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. One federal report puts the cost at $504 billion.

Medicare places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience. 

FACT FILE: High dosages linked to surge in opioid use disorder

June 30, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

A Blue Cross Blue Shield Association study of members in its commercial plans found high-dosage opioid prescriptions were linked with higher rates of opioid use disorder diagnoses.

Opioid-related treatment approaches vary by region

June 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Data released this week by not-for-profit FAIR Health shows significant variation in treatment approaches for opioid-related diagnoses by location.

SAMHSA: Medication treatment for SUD increases significantly

June 12, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to SAMHSA’s latest Behavioral Health Barometer, between 2011 and 2015, methadone use increased by 16%, and use of buprenorphine more than doubled.

Need for buprenorphine demonstrated in Medicaid data

June 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new brief from the Urban Institute shows that Medicaid programs nationwide have seen increases in buprenorphine prescriptions since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, but trends are higher in expansion states.

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