It was announced on Thursday that, by next year, individuals with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia will be able to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through any of the 80 residential drug treatment programs under contract with the city. While some form of MAT has been available at most treatment facilities — about 65 percent to date — the city's Behavioral Health Department has issued, and will enforce, a contract mandate to achieve 100 percent MAT availability by January 2020. Residential programs that do not offer MAT by the beginning of next year will not have their provider agreement renewed, officials said. RELATED READ: Very few people are actually allergic to penicillin, new study findsMedication-assisted treatment is the most effective treatment available for stabilizing an individual experiencing opioid withdrawal, according to Behavioral Health Commissioner David T. Jones. By curbing cravings and preventing relapse, "It’s helping … [Read more...] about Philadelphia doubling down on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts
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The hospital system, St. David's HealthCare, continues to defend its handling of Calver's bill, saying it "did everything right in this particular situation." It also pointed out that it informed the family on several occasions that they could apply for a discount through a financial assistance program, based on their household income.Calver said he didn't fill out the financial assistance paperwork earlier because he didn't feel he owed the $108,951 — and had been contesting the validity of the charges all along.His health plan said the $55,840 it paid the hospital should have satisfied the hospital's claim. And Calver was already paying $1,400 as coinsurance, which was the out-of-pocket amount calculated by his health plan.HCA Healthcare, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, and two nonprofit foundations own St. David's.The chief executive of St. David's HealthCare, C. David Huffstutler, wrote a memo Monday addressed to his board of governors about … [Read more...] about After his plight went public, Texas teacher’s medical bill was slashed from $108K to $300
Monica Gallegos didn’t plan to miss work for two months, but then she received the diagnosis: The pounding headache she thought was a migraine had been caused by a brain aneurysm behind her eye, and she needed surgery. That was early June. When Gallegos returned home a month later to the Westwood apartment she shares with two teenage sons, the rent was already overdue. No paycheck was in sight, and she would have to wait a few weeks for clearance to return to her job as a dental assistant. “Everything hit me at once,” said Gallegos, 43. “I’m single, and I didn’t have any help. … I honestly thought I was going to be homeless.” She made it through the crisis with help from a new city program that has provided short-term assistance to hundreds of Denver residents who were temporarily at risk of losing their homes over rent or utility bills. The program has been among the most visible efforts of Denver’s 10-year, $150 million … [Read more...] about Denver’s affordable housing fund covered a woman’s rent after a medical emergency. Here’s what else $24 million is accomplishing.
Facing a growing demand for workers, Centennial-based Centura Health has teamed up with Arapahoe Community College to create a new apprenticeship program for medical assistants in hopes of creating a pipeline of employees. The six-month program, which launched last month, aims to train future medical assistants by pairing online and laboratory education components with 32 hours per week of paid apprenticeship work at Centura Health facilities. Those who complete the program successfully and become certified will be hired on as medical assistants by Centura Health. “It’s one of the fastest growing fields in the medical profession,” said Eric Dunker, dean of business, technology and workforce partnerships at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. The tight labor market is making it difficult for employers to recruit and retain workers, and the health care industry has seen more demand for workers, most notably for nurses. But demand for medical … [Read more...] about Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado’s growing demand for medical assistants
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff May 18, 2018 Neighborhood Health Plan is launching an initiative to encourage physicians to prescribe a drug to treat opioid addiction, in the hope of increasing access to the medication.In an announcement expected Friday, Neighborhood said it will reimburse physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in its network for up to $500 for the training professionals must undergo before they can prescribe buprenorphine, which is best known by the brand name Suboxone. Neighborhood will also pay $2,000 to each newly certified professional once he or she has prescribed the medication to 10 people, even if they’re not all Neighborhood members. Advertisement Neighborhood asserted that it is the first health insurer in the country to offer these financial incentives. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon … [Read more...] about Neighborhood Health Plan to encourage prescribing of anti-addiction medication