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  • February 23, 2021

    COSAM Submits Comments in Support of Increased Insurance Reporting Requirements

    On February 23, the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine (COSAM) submitted comments on the Colorado Division of Insurance’s Proposed New Regulation 4-2-7X,. The regulation would implement stringent reporting requirements on insurers in Colorado which are intended to improve the DOI’s ability to judge the network adequacy of insurers when covering treatment for substance use disorders (SUD).
  • February 16, 2021

    ASAM and Partner Organizations Call for New Anti-Kickback Rule Safe Harbor for Contingency Management

    On February 16, ASAM along with 15 partner organizations representing healthcare professionals, patients and advocates dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), wrote to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services calling for the creation of a new safe harbor provision to the Federal Anti-kickback Statute (AKS) to protect the use of cash and cash-equivalent payments offered as part of contingency management (CM) in the treatment of SUD. CM is an evidence-based, psychosocial intervention that involves giving patients tangible monetary or non-monetary rewards (such as gift cards or vouchers) to reinforce positive behaviors such as treatment adherence (e.g., participation in therapy sessions, attendance at scheduled appointments, medication adherence) or reduced drug use/abstinence from drug use.
  • February 12, 2021

    UTSAM Opposes Legislation Establishing New Medical Cannabis Provider Type

    On February 12, the Utah Society of Addiction Medicine (UTSAM) submitted a letter in opposition to SB170, which would establish a new provider type under Utah’s medical cannabis law.

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National Press Training - Understanding Addiction

Thank you to the reporters and outlets who attended our 49th Annual Conference and National Press Foundation training in 2018. Our purpose was to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues surrounding the opioid epidemic in order to improve public understanding.

If you click on any module in the link below, you will find audio, text, slides, photos and selected 5-minute videos from each session.

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Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction 

This handout provided by NIDA offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind while using person-frst language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction. 

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