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How segregated payments keep comprehensive substance use disorder care out of reach

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How segregated payments keep comprehensive substance use disorder care out of reach

Prevention + access = success

In this Fierce Healthcare article you'll learn about:
  • Opioid-related overdose deaths have continued to rise. Only 11% of people with opioid use disorder receive medications, and women and Black and Hispanic people have disproportionately lower access.

  • Experts call for a cross-industry effort, taking a long-term view of prevention and widening access to treatment. The Department of Labor found that payers are still not complying with the new requirement for telemedicine coverage.

  • Some studies suggest a link between telehealth expansion and access to MOUD. But not every state will preserve pandemic-era waivers, as Pennsylvania has rolled back its allowance.

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