The American Medical Association (AMA) and Manatt Health released an analysis today identifying effective state policies used to combat the opioid epidemic. First on the list: increasing access to medication-assisted treatment.
The analysis looked at the response to the epidemic in four states and determined which polices increased access to evidence-based treatment for people with a substance use disorder. The AMA and Manatt originally reviewed policies in Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and used those analyses along with additional work to develop recommendations for state health care policy.
The national roadmap highlights six key areas where regulators, policymakers, and other stakeholders can take action. The first is:
- Improving access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder. Remove prior authorization and other barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder—and ensure MAT is affordable.
Source: American Medical Association