Much has been written about the impact of Medicaid expansion on the opioid crisis and access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). A group associated with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has helped put the issue to rest. Under lead author Alana Sharp, the group gathered data from all states, from 2011 to 2016—covering the years before and after expansion—to assess … [Read more...] about Has the Medicaid Expansion Issue Finally Been Settled? If so, What’s the Best Way to Make Expansion Work?
Opioid treatment programs (OTPs) must submit a plethora of information on their services to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Office-based outpatient treatment (OBOT) providers who prescribe buprenorphine must submit exactly nothing, it appears. On May 20, we asked SAMHSA, “How is office-based treatment with buprenorphine working, since … [Read more...] about SAMHSA Gives No Information on How Many Patients Are on Buprenorphine or How Well They Are Doing
Plenty of opioid treatment program executives are leaders in the field, but their names don’t get out nearly enough. This article is meant to change that. The list of leaders isn’t exhaustive, but it includes some of those at the helm of the nation’s opioid treatment programs (OTPs). AT Forum asked the leaders what they consider their main achievements, what they see as the … [Read more...] about Profiles of Today’s OTP Leaders
Ann Jamieson, MS, aged 46, is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Professional Development for Maric Healthcare, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company operating OTPs across six states. Ms. Jamieson recently served as the Executive Director of Oklahoma Treatment Services, which runs seven OTPs in Oklahoma. Ms. Jamieson received a BS in Psychology from Louisiana State … [Read more...] about Ann Jamieson
Jason Kletter, PhD, aged 47, is the President of BayMark Health Services, where he has worked for 25 years in operational, management, and executive roles. As his parents founded BAART (Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment) in 1977, and added more programs, he grew up “hanging around” in the clinics, then working summers doing Medicaid billing through high school. His … [Read more...] about Jason Kletter