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Bassett Healthcare Network Facilitates Opioid Addiction Treatment

Every day, more than 115 people in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses. In remote, rural areas it is especially difficult for patients to retrieve effective, timely treatment for opioid use disorder. Hoping to deliver accessible, comprehensive care to patients, Bassett Healthcare Network developed a project to provide crucial opioid addiction recovery services to patients at their primary care centers.

Leveraging Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program funding, and in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Bassett’s primary care clinicians obtained Drug Addiction Treatment waivers, enabling them to prescribe buprenorphine for treatment of opioid addiction. Using the Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model, Bassett held weekly videoconferences with UMass, whose experts shared their specialty knowledge with the primary care teams. Bassett also hired an addiction medicine psychiatrist to support the primary care clinicians from a mental health perspective, improving treatment outcomes.

From December 2016 to mid-January 2018, 210 patients were treated for opioid addiction. Of those, 176 were treated by addiction medicine and/or primary care, and 34 were treated by OB-GYN physicians as part of perinatal care.

For more information on Bassett Healthcare Network’s HANYS Pinnacle Award-winning program, watch HANYS’ video highlighting their achievements.

For more information, contact Karen Huxtable-Hooker, Director, Public Relations, Bassett Healthcare Network, at (607) 547-4800 or at Karen.huxtable-hooker@bassett.org.

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