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ASAM CONTINUUM™

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ASAM CONTINUUM™

The ASAM Criteria Comprehensive Assessment Software

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What is the ASAM CONTINUUM?

  • A validated, computer guided ASAM Criteria assessment software for individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions
  • Conducts a comprehensive biopsychosocial patient risk and needs assessment across all 6 ASAM Criteria dimensions
  • Determines the least intensive, but safe and appropriate ASAM Criteria level of care recommendation, as well as treatment planning considerations
  • Designed to be appropriate for all members of the clinical care team to administer, including clinicians, counselors, and medical staff

ASAM CONTINUUM Features

With the ASAM CONTINUUM, clinicians can easily:

  • Launch an ASAM CONTINUUM assessment directly from your EMR system
  • Conduct an assessment in alignment with the ASAM Criteria guidelines
  • Generate comprehensive patient reports that includes DSM-5-TR SUD diagnoses, severity, and imminent risks, as well as recommended level of care placement
  • Obtain ASI composite scores, as well as CIWA and CINA scores for withdrawal
  • Easily re-assess patients directly from their previous CONTINUUM assessment

 

Research shows that treatment matching with the ASAM CONTINUUM is associated with:

  • 30% better patient retention rates at 3 months
  • Improved patient engagement
  • 2–3 times better multidimensional outcomes at 3 months
  • Lower substance use disorder severity
  • Lower hospital utilization
  • 25% fewer no-shows

 

Use of the ASAM CONTINUUM is associated with a range of benefits for:

Clinicians:

  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Produce more accurate patient placement and treatment planning
  • Reduce staff hours by:
    • Streamlining the prior authorization and utilization review process
    • Standardizing the assessment process

Administrators, States, and Systems:

  • Compliant with SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and Medicaid 1115 waivers to secure program funding
  • Meet regulatory requirements for use of an evidence-based, standardized assessment tool
  • Meet medical necessity standards for utilization management
  • Collect data for program evaluations and analyses to inform policy and regulatory decisions

EMRs:

  • Ability to offer the only standardized, ASAM-approved assessment tool in your system
  • Implements the ASAM Criteria with fidelity
  • ASAM Criteria and CONTINUUM have widespread nationwide adoption, revenue opportunity, and competitive advantage
  • Components can be used for:
    • Utilization management
    • Reporting
    • Building of other software services for customers

Reports

After completion of the assessment, the ASAM CONTINUUM will generate two comprehensive reports: the Summary and Narrative Reports.

Summary Report

The ASAM CONTINUUM Summary Report contains biopsychosocial diagnostic information regarding the patient's substance use, co-occurring considerations, and the final level of care recommendation.

This includes:

  • DSM-5-TR SUD diagnoses
  • ASI composite scores
  • CIWA and CINA withdrawal scores and presence of imminent withdrawal risk
  • Patient critical issues that should be addressed immediately to meet the patient’s needs
  • Access to treatment barriers
  • ASAM Criteria Dimensional analysis across all 6 dimensions

Narrative Report

The ASAM CONTINUUM Narrative Report generates an automated summary of the patient’s condition across the 6 ASAM Criteria dimensions to assist with treatment planning.

This includes:

  • Current presentation
  • Relevant biopsychosocial history
  • Patient and provider perception of problems and need for treatment
  • ASI Composite scores
  • Patient problem list across the 6 ASAM Criteria dimensions

ASAM CONTINUUM and The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria and ASAM CONTINUUM are companion text and application. The ASAM Criteria text provides background and guidance for the proper use of ASAM CONTINUUM, and ASAM CONTINUUM enables comprehensive, standardized evaluation in alignment with the ASAM Criteria guidelines. ASAM CONTINUUM also standardizes data collection and provides real-time insights within a given system and across the nation. Data gathered from ASAM CONTINUUM assessments help inform policy decisions, resource allocation, and updates to decision rules within the ASAM Criteria text. Effective assessment, placement, and treatment planning are enhanced by using the text and application together. 

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What is the ASAM CO-Triage?

  • A computer-guided provisional referral tool for individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions
  • Conducts a quick, initial assessment along the 6 ASAM Criteria dimensions to identify broad treatment needs
  • Generates an initial level of care placement for referral
  • Directs patients to an initial level of care where they can receive a comprehensive ASAM assessment
  • Designed for both medical and non-medical settings and by providers who are non-specialists in addiction medicine

 

ASAM CO-Triage Features

With the ASAM CO-Triage, clinicians can easily:

  • Open the ASAM CO-Triage directly from your client record system
  • Obtain a provisional level of care placement recommendation in less than 10 minutes
  • Identify ASAM dimensional needs that require immediate medical attention, including any withdrawal management, co-occurring, or bio-medical enhanced services
  • Increase the likelihood that patients are referred to the correct ASAM level of care
  • Generate and share a Triage Report to clinicians at the receiving program that includes patient critical items and provisional care needs
  • Streamline your clinical workflow by pulling forward ASAM CO-Triage assessments into the ASAM CONTINUUM assessment

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How CONTINUUM and CO-Triage Work Together

Both tools assess individuals with substance use and co-occurring conditions and can identify ASAM dimensional needs that require immediate medical attention, including any withdrawal management, co-occurring, or bio-medical enhanced services. CO-Triage is a provisional referral tool that broadly assesses treatment needs to generate an initial patient placement recommendation and directs patients to a preliminary level of care where they can receive a comprehensive ASAM Criteria assessment. CONTINUUM is a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment tool that determines patient risk and needs to accurately generate a recommendation for the least intensive and most appropriate level of care.

Which Tool Is Best For You?

Key Features ASAM CONTINUUM ASAM CO-Triage
Used By Behavioral health and specialty SUD treatment programs Behavioral health intake centers, non-addiction specific medical settings
Administered By All members of the behavioral health clinical care team, including counselors, social workers, and medical staff Clinicians, probation officers, social workers, first responders, recovery support service staff, and other non-clinicians supervised by an SUD specialist
Administration Time ~60 minutes ~10 minutes
Outputs
  • Comprehensive level of care recommendation
  • Summary and Narrative reports that include information essential to patient diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Provisional level of care recommendation
  • A report that includes dimensional scoring, provisional care recommendation 
Key Benefits
  • Standardize the assessment process to produce more accurate patient placement and treatment planning
  • Improve patient outcomes and reduce no-shows
  • Streamline the utilization management process
  • Collect data for program evaluations and to inform policy decisions
  • Quickly assess patient’s overall needs
  • Increase the likelihood that patients are referred to the appropriate level of care
  • Streamline the referral process by sharing key problems and needs from program to program
Annual Cost of Subscription $504/user $144/user

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