“Addiction treatment centers need help to fully realize the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) promise of improved access to high-quality addiction treatment, new research suggests.
The ACA “dramatically” expands health insurance for addiction treatment and provides “unprecedented” opportunities for service growth and delivery model reform, investigators led by Christina Andrews, PhD, MSW, assistant professor of social work, University of South Carolina, in Columbia, write.
“Yet most addiction treatment programs lack the staffing and technological capabilities to respond successfully to ACA-driven system change.”
“Coverage doesn’t equal access,” Dr Andrews told Medscape Medical News.
“We have about 30 million people that have new access to insurance coverage for addiction treatment, but we have a lot of addiction treatment programs that don’t have the capability to serve those clients,” she said.
These programs have a “real need for technical assistance around information technology as well as staff training,” she said.
The study was published in the May issue of Health Affairs.”
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Source: Medscape.com – May 11, 2015