“The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) recently unveiled an alternative payment model that aims to improve care and reduce costs associated with opioid use disorder.
The new alternative payment model, known as the Patient-Centered Opioid Addiction Treatment (P-COAT), restructures how physicians are paid to provide office-based, outpatient medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid addictions.
“The current physician reimbursement structure does not account for all the services that patients with an opioid use disorder need to progress to successful treatment and recovery,” explained Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, ABAM, FASAM, Chair of the AMA-ASAM APM Working Group and ASAM’s Payer Relations Committee. “While we know that a combination of medication and psychosocial support systems is the evidence-based standard for treatment, we continue to find that patients are not able to access treatment due to limited or non-existent insurance coverage.”
Source: RevcycleIntelligence.com – April 18, 2018