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Getting Critically Needed Help - STAT!

By Mark Powell on February 12, 2019

 
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Project ECHO

By Addiction Policy Forum on November 9, 2018

 

 

 Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a knowledge-sharing company that connects practitioners in rural and underserved areas to specialist mentors. The program uses video conferencing to connect primary care providers in rural communities with specialists who mentored and worked with them to provide care for patients with HCV. Project ECHO’s model uses case-based learning and allows medical specialists to share their knowledge and expertise so that primary care providers can manage patients with complex chronic conditions, like substance use disorders, in their communities.

 
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Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation

By Addiction Policy Forum on September 25, 2018

Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation model engages a traditionally difficult to engage patient population in life-saving, evidence based treatment by meeting the patients where they are-- literally and figuratively. Patients suffering from severe substance use disorders often receive little to no medical care aside from through Emergency Departments. Rather than passing the treatment of opioid use disorders onto some other health care system, the Yale model allows immediate treatment access and initiation, followed by robust, ongoing care from a specialized provider. With a formalized pathway, patients can receive medication to prevent ongoing withdrawal and linkage to care without increasing their length of stay in an often busy ED.
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Mosaic Fast Track

By Addiction Policy Forum on September 25, 2018

Mosaic Fast Track initiation and referral is an integral component of the Mosaic Group’s comprehensive system of care coordination. When a patient screens positive for opioid use disorder or is brought to the Emergency Department with a suspected opioid overdose, a nurse indicates this in their electronic health record which triggers notification to a trained peer recovery coach.

For patients that are interested in initiating treatment, the peer recovery coach supports them through buprenorphine induction right in the Emergency Department. The Mosaic Group has worked with eleven hospital systems in Baltimore to develop induction dosage protocols and to operationalize a network of over twenty-five Fast Track buprenorphine providers for same- or next-day referrals to ongoing care.
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Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off

By Addiction Policy Forum on September 6, 2018

 

Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off requires all county offices that provide drug and alcohol programs to establish protocols for seamless transitions for patients leaving the emergency department and entering substance use disorder treatment in their communities. The goal is to increase the number of Pennsylvanians who are in recovery.
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Addiction Policy Forum Releases Hospital Toolkit to Support Health Systems and Patients

By Addiction Policy Forum on May 16, 2018

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                   Contact:     
May 16, 2018                                                                                                                             Casey Elliott                                                                                                                                                          (312) 860- 5353                                                                                                                                    celliott@addictionpolicy.org 
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