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COVER addiction medicine in a way that expands patient access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction care

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ASAM Policy Principles

ASAM believes in a future in which addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are accessible to all, and where they profoundly improve the health of all people. The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's advocacy priorities:
  • Addiction policy should be guided by - and promote the use of - the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.  People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
  • Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
  • Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about the disease of addiction.
  • Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.

ASAM Writes to MACPAC Regarding Need for Standardization of Addiction Treatment

by | Jun 04, 2019


On May 31, ASAM wrote a letter to MACPAC in response to MACPAC's request for information on the Medicaid IMD Additional INFO Act, which requires that MACPAC conduct a study on institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) that receive Medicaid payment under fee for service or managed care.


In its letter, ASAM urged MACPAC to support the standardization of the delivery of addiction medicine so that more patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care. Additionally, ASAM highlighted the patchwork of state laws currently regulating IMDs across the country, as well as the importance of implementing nationally recognized addiction treatment standards such as the ASAM Criteria. The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. It is a fundamental tool for the standardization of addiction medicine, and is used in some way, shape, or form by state regulators, clinicians, and payers across all care settings. 


Read the letter here.