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Philosophical arguments abound over whether controlled drinking (CD) approaches to treating alcohol use disorder (AUD) work, and which individuals they might work best for, but in many cases these discussions have not been grounded in concrete data. Researchers last November published a...
Just before Christmas, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion spending package that included $1.4 trillion in appropriations for fiscal year 2021 and $900 billion for COVID‐19 relief (another “stimulus” bill). The appropriations bill level‐funded the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant...
In last week's issue, there wasn't room for all of the contributions for our traditional stakeholder reflections in the Preview Issue. Below are more.
“Medical necessity” — the phrase used by payers to encompass one fact: whether they will or won't pay for treatment. Payers usually select and apply a set of “medical necessity criteria” and use that to determine whether something is reimbursable. Obviously, something experimental or proven not...
For the first time since 2011, the field has seen Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data. It's not complete, the way it used to be when it was when it was fully funded, but it's something. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and...
At the risk of sounding repetitive, confidentiality is being attacked again. Now the federal Department of Health and Human Services is following up on its proposal to weaken the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), saying patient records should be “shareable,” opening up...
CADCA's 31st national leadership forum, and SAMHSA's 17th prevention day, will be held virtually February1‐February 4, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.cadca.org/forum2021.
An important interpretation of President Trump's Oct. 5, 2020, executive order on opioids came from Elinore McCance‐Katz, M.D., Ph.D., outgoing administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on Dec. 24. The 25‐page report includes recommendations — not...
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