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01/30/2017

OhioMHAS promotes ASAM guidelines for treatment of opioid use disorder


Source: OhioMHAS


As Ohio begins the transformation with the Behavioral Health Redesign, it is important we implement practices for ease of our providers that are in line with these new changes. The Clinical Roundtable has recommended that the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) implement the National Practice Guidelines for the use of Medications in the treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

These Guidelines align with the service and billing practices in accordance to Medicaid Reimbursement, and they will bring our state in alignment with the nationally recognized best practices for the treatment of opioid use disorder. 

ASAM guidelines were developed for the evaluation and treatment of opioid use disorder and for the management of opioid overdose. They are primarily intended for clinicians involved in evaluating patients and providing authorization for pharmacological treatments, and they will replace the Low Dose Protocol initially established for opioid treatment by the former Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

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