Food for thought

Jeffrey Buck is a senior adviser for behavioral health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  He has been active in helping CMS figure out how to deal with the fundamental challenges that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will stimulate.  For example, millions of previously uninsured Americans will now have access to health insurance benefits.  This alone will presumably stretch the capacity of the healthcare system.  Of importance to the OTC movement, CMS is currently considering a reform plan that includes expanding the variety of substance abuse treatment providers, and shifting services away from residential and stand-alone programs, and toward outpatient programs that are better integrated into the medical care system.

What does this mean to us?  How do we best prepare? 

What is our vision for the future?

The Looming Expansion and Transformation of Substance Abuse Treatment

Click the image above to link to the paper. 

What are your thoughts?   How do we get ready?  Let’s hear it…


One comment

  1. Lynn Heyman · · Reply

    Interesting article regarding the changes for substance abuse treatment. Could these changes present better opportunities for inegrating tobacco dependence treatment with substance abuse? I would think that moving towards a medical model with stronger direction from physicians would support tobacco dependence treatment in this population. How are we currently billing for tobacco services and are there additional opportunities to bill differently?

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