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HHS Works to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Address Opioid Epidemic

Posted about 2 months ago by Mary Bidgood-Wilson

HHS Works to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Address Opioid Epidemic
On Tuesday, November 15th, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional steps to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders.
 

Starting February 2017, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will be able to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication typically used to treat opioid use disorders. Once training requirements are met, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants can apply for a waiver to treat up to 30 patients.

 

Yesterday's actions build on one of the three main priorities of HHS Secretary Burwell’s initiative to combat the opioid epidemic: increasing access to MAT for opioid use disorder and reflects public input on the issue.
 

Updates on training information and the waiver application will be available at
http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment
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