• August 5, 2016

    Commentary on – Seizing the Moment to Improve Addiction Treatment

    What about 1-Year Abstinence? I think the proposed standard of five years of continuous abstinence is simultaneously too long (we do not currently know how many people are abstinent for one week during treatment) – and also too short (we do not yet know at what point relapse risk approximates population rates). But like Bob DuPont, I too want to help improve the quality of care, and with it the level of understanding and confidence in addiction treatment by the public and by mainstream healthcare.
  • August 5, 2016

    Seizing the Moment to Improve Addiction Treatment

    The future of addiction treatment depends on the adoption of the long-term recovery standard to assess the effectiveness of our addiction treatments.
  • August 4, 2016

    Rule about Provider Medicaid Enrollment Being Enforced by States

    Many states are beginning to implement and enforce a rule, introduced in the Affordable Care Act, that ordering, prescribing and/or referring providers must be enrolled in Medicaid for their medical orders to be recognized and paid for.
  • July 27, 2016

    ASAM & NNESAM Comment on Proposed MaineCare Rules

  • July 19, 2016

    The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - Highlights for Members

    On July 13, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This landmark legislation is a robust response to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that authorizes new programs and reauthorizes and improves existing ones to support a full continuum of care from primary prevention to recovery support. There are specific provisions that will be of interest to ASAM members and this summary highlights the details of those provisions.
  • July 13, 2016

    Congress Passes CARA! ASAM applauds passage of historic addiction legislation

    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.
  • July 12, 2016

    ASAM Editorial Comment

    Of 6,900,000 U.S. adults under correctional supervision (incarcerated, paroled, on probation) in 2013, approximately 2,200,000 were confined in jails, prisons, work camps, stockades and brigs... Comprehensive SUD treatment is the tool that removes the pump handle.
  • July 6, 2016

    Summary: Major components of the HHS final rule. Effective August 8, 2016.

    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.
  • July 6, 2016

    Proposed patient limit raised to 275. ASAM applauds important action to help close addiction treatment gap.

    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.
  • June 17, 2016

    Update on Health Insurance Parity Rules

    The CMS recently released a final rule related to implementation of the Parity Act. This article summarizes the rule released in March 2016.
  • June 17, 2016

    New ASAM Policy Statements Support the Role of Physicians in Addiction Treatment

    The ASAM Board of Directors approved two new public policy statements that address the role of physicians in the treatment of addiction.
  • June 13, 2016

    TAKE ACTION! Tell Your Senator to Protect Children and Public Health from Tobacco Use!

    Appropriations bill provisions drastically reduce the FDA's newly gained oversight over all tobacco products. We need to act now and protect children and public health from tobacco use!
  • June 1, 2016

    22 Senators Call on HHS to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment

    ASAM applauds the bipartisan group of 22 senators, led by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Markey (D-MA) for calling on HHS to raise the DATA 2000 patient limit to 500 patients.
  • May 27, 2016

    One Addiction Doctor’s Experience with a New Payment Model- Direct Primary Care

    While ASAM and other organizations continue to work toward parity and third party payment for addiction treatment, some physicians, myself included, are simplifying medical practice and eliminating third party payers from office based medicine. Direct Primary Care (DPC) is becoming more popular among physicians who feel overburdened by administrative hurdles in the current healthcare system. Ironically, my OBOT experience, and lack of third party payment for addiction services, strongly influenced my decision to start a DPC practice.
  • May 20, 2016

    ASAM one of eight national healthcare and professional organizations working to expand PCSS-MAT initiative

    Awarded $3 Million Grant to Expand Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment Initiative. Led by AAAP, the PCSS-MAT coalition of addiction and primary care healthcare professional organizations, has been expanded to include eight national healthcare and professional organizations, including the American Society of Addiction Medicine.