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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 Urges Congress to Refine the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

by | Jun 05, 2019


On May 31, ASAM signed on to a letter authored by the AMA asking Congress to further refine the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). While MACRA vastly improved the flawed sustainable growth rate payment methodology and legacy quality and cost reporting programs, there remains room for improvement in many of its policies. ASAM urges Congress to implement positive payment adjustments for physicians to replace the payment freeze over the next six years, extend the Advanced APM bonus payments for an additional six years, and implement several additional technical improvements to MACRA. ASAM appreciates the culture of cooperation that CMS has cultivated while implementing MACRA and looks forward to continuing to serve as a resource for further refinement.   


Read the letter here.