If you or any of your loved ones struggle with an opioid use disorder, you may find that certified addiction treatment solutions in your area are limited. One of the reasons for this is financial in nature. Unfortunately, some physicians have avoided this area of practice in the past because there have been too many challenges associated with treatment approvals and getting paid. Thankfully, this could soon end in the wake of a new proposed payment model for these valuable services.
Current Barriers to Addiction Treatment
Historically, patients who need specialized opioid addiction treatment services have had to search diligently to find someone who had the qualifications and willingness to treat their condition. In the past, a majority of physicians have had little to no interest in getting involved in this field because the red tape involved with getting paid is so thick.
The opioid addiction epidemic has continued to worsen, and the statistics support the assertion that additional treatment sources are required. One of the top methods for treatment of an opioid use disorder is through a combination of medication-assisted therapy and comprehensive treatment. Unfortunately, this has caused issues with reimbursement in the past, which a new proposed payment model hopes to remedy.
New Proposed Payment Model for Addiction Treatment Services
A new payment proposal was recently introduced as a joint effort by the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The intent of these new initiatives is to make it easier for healthcare providers to get paid for these life-saving opioid addiction treatment services.
According to the proposal, clinicians should be able to bill for a one-time upfront fee which covers the cost of an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan for a patient, as well as 30 days of medication-assisted treatment. Additional monthly payments would be made to providers for continued medication oversight, social services, and psychological care.
Where to Turn for Help
If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, this is a serious disease. In 2016 alone, over 63,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid-related causes. Federal efforts continue to expand the availability of treatment resources for this disorder, which includes medication-assisted treatment. SAMHSA reports that there are now 48,000 clinicians in the U.S. who are authorized to prescribed therapeutic drugs such as buprenorphine. Under this new model, those numbers should expand considerably.
The good news is that your struggle with opioid use and abuse can end today. The Recovery Village has experience with medication-assisted therapy and understands the type of addiction treatment necessary to recover from the depths of an opioid use disorder. Our comprehensive treatment programs combine a compassionate medical detox with inpatient or outpatient care, other holistic therapies, and treatment for co-occurring disorders when needed.
Contact us now to find out more about admissions to take the first step to reclaiming your life from dangerous and destructive opioids.