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The following resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid Coverage of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders and of Medication for the Reversal of Opioid Overdose This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a resource guide that...
Post date: October 23, 2019
AHRQ’s Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT for OUD) Playbook serves as a comprehensive guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. The online, interactive playbook contains the latest guidance, tools and resources to address MAT implementation. Released with the playbook is AHRQ’s...
Post date: October 01, 2019
Patient engagement can improve diagnosis and health outcomes when patients are active members of the healthcare team. Many options to improve patient engagement in integrated care are available, such as shared decision making, motivational interviewing, and warm handoffs. For example, a recent article in Pediatrics, Increasing Mental Health Engagement From Primary Care: The Potential Role of Family Navigation, concludes that patient...
Post date: September 18, 2019
The Commonwealth Fund released the 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. This report uses recently available data to assess each State and Washington, DC, on 47 measures of access to healthcare, quality of care, health outcomes, and income-based healthcare disparities. Key findings of the report are: The rise in deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug overdose is a national crisis, but effects vary across States. Although...
Post date: September 18, 2019
The AHRQ Academy has released an updated version of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Environmental Scan, Volume 2: Tools and Resources (PDF - 1.31 MB). This document includes more than 350 tools and resources available to providers, patients, and communities to help implement MAT in rural primary care and other ambulatory care settings....
Post date: August 10, 2019
Trauma-informed care is critical to integrated settings, as a history of trauma can affect both physical and mental health outcomes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes a trauma-informed approach (PDF—789 KB) as one that: Realizes the impact of trauma and works to promote recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others; Responds by...
Post date: August 10, 2019
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed a comprehensive 5-point strategy to help address the opioid epidemic. The purpose of this strategy is to educate and empower various stakeholders in five overarching areas, including: Access: Better Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services. Data: Better Data on the Epidemic. Pain: Better Pain Management. Overdoses: Better...
Post date: June 20, 2019
According to a 2019 review article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Understanding Links Among Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide, the number of suicides and unintentional overdose deaths increased from 41,364 in 2000 to 110,749 in 2017. People who use opioids are at risk of unintentional overdoses and suicide. More than 40 percent of suicide and overdose deaths in 2017 involved opioids. A...
Post date: June 20, 2019
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives, that discusses the effectiveness of using medications for opioid use disorder (OUD). Key findings of the report are: Medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, are useful to treat OUD and save patients’ lives. The longer patients continue to take...
Post date: June 20, 2019
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports the suicide rate among adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 24 has risen in recent years, increasing by nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2017. Universal screening presents an opportunity to identify those at risk for suicide and intervene. A recent article describes a three-tiered screening process to help...
Post date: March 29, 2019

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