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ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to strategize everything from the programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Advocates push on despite Missouri's lackluster response to opioid crisis

May 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery is finding a warmer reception for its agenda in the St. Louis area than it is among state legislators.

New coalition highlights busy day on opioid-fighting front

May 20, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The newly formed Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose vows to build on legislative momentum for initiatives that include expanded access to medication-assisted treatment.

Survey: Public strongly supports less criminalization of addiction

January 27, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Results of a survey commissioned by the Legal Action Center clearly indicate that public attitudes about addiction mirror the recent tone from national policymakers and candidates for office.

Managed care pharmacy group studies barriers to addiction treatment

October 26, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
An advisory panel to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy intends to issue recommendations for immediate and longer-term solutions designed to improve access to medication-assisted treatment for addictions.

Hospitals could hold addiction patients involuntarily

October 14, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Massachusetts proposes to allow hospitals to hold individuals with addictions involuntarily for three days and obtain legal permission to place them in longer-term treatment.

UNITE rally attendee sees strength in event's diversity

October 5, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Dona Dmitrovic saw much evidence of a broader community of treatment and recovery advocates at this weekend's UNITE to Face Addiction events.

Why are treatment decisions being made by insurance companies rather than doctors?

July 7, 2015  |  Roland Reeves, MD
There has been a trend over the past few years for even general medical disorders to be treated based on decision not made by medical professionals. Insurance companies determine what kind of treatments they “allow” and what medicines they “allow”, even what...

Maine governor proposes dramatic patient shift from methadone to buprenorphine

May 6, 2015  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage believes methadone treatment patients do not receive comprehensive care, but opioid treatment program (OTP) advocates say the opposite is true.

Why Insurance Companies Fall Short When Paying for Addiction Treatment

April 23, 2015  |  Roland Reeves, MD
Although the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage for mental health and addiction, including Florida drug rehab centers. However, inability to pay for addiction treatment continues to serve as a barrier to effective, adequate treatment. Unfortunately, many...

CMS announces proposed parity rule for Medicaid

April 8, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A proposed rule that will be officially published on April 10 would extend protections of the federal behavioral health parity law to millions of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries.

Patients get cash back in ValueOptions parity settlement

March 6, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
In a settlement in New York, millions of dollars are being returned to members wrongfully denied benefits for mental health and addiction services by ValueOptions.


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