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The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The Senate vote follows a similar near-unanimous vote in the House of Representatives last week and will send the bill to the President’s desk for his signature. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) joins other members of the addiction prevention, treatment and recovery community in celebrating the passage of this important piece of legislation and calls on Congress to fulfill its commitment to fund CARA fully this year.
On July 6, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule to increase access to medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine products in the office setting by allowing eligible practitioners to request approval to treat up to 275 patients. Read a summary of the final rule.
The Obama Administration announced today that it will raise the limit on the number of patients with opioid addiction that certain physicians can treat with buprenorphine to 275. ASAM applauds this long-overdue policy change as an important step to help combat the current epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.
The CMS recently released a final rule related to implementation of the Parity Act. This article summarizes the rule released in March 2016.
2016 Media Event Requirements
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The ASAM Weekly
ASAM Weekly is a source of timely, useful news briefings of top stories for addiction medicine combined with ASAM developments in education, advocacy, state chapter news and more. ASAM Weekly is a great way to keep informed and is delivered to the inboxes of ASAM members every Tuesday. This enews brief is free to non-members as well as ASAM Members. More information