“The Affordable Care Act continues in its second year to change medical treatment at every level. One of the most sweeping yet least publicized changes is new insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment.
Routine physicals may soon include questions about frequency or extent of drug and alcohol use. As a result, conditions considered less than severe addiction may be identified and treated with a variety of approaches, some currently in use, some not yet developed.
The emphasis is on early intervention, an effort to identify and help people struggling with drugs or alcohol before the problem becomes debilitating. Early intervention is also an effort to reduce health care costs.
“The stage has been set for real transformation,” said A. Thomas McLellan, board chairman of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. “Nobody knows the way this is going to happen, but it is going to happen.”
Source: Insurancenews.net – December 14, 2014