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Wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing and regular handwashing are the most effective ways to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your fellow Wisconsinites from becoming infected with COVID-19.1,2 It could still be more than a year before an effective vaccine is developed and new therapies are still being studied for their safety and effectiveness.3 The spread of COVID-19 and the duration of the pandemic did not end with the lockdowns. The reopening of our economy should not be confused as a return to normalcy—the pandemic is not behind us.
Read the full letter here.
As some of you may already be aware, both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate have introduced complimentary Bipartisan Legislation that would create a new and permanent audio-visual telehealth exception to the Ryan Haight Act's in-person exam requirement and clarify Medicare'a continued ability, beyond the COVID-19 emergency, to reimburse for audio-only SUD services after an in-person or Telehealth evaluation. The proposed legislation is know as the TREATS Act.
In response, the American Society of Addiction Medicine has built out the action alert (linked below) which I encourage you to use if you want to voice support for this legislation on the Hill.
Feel free to share with others.
David Galbis-Reig, M.D., DFASAM
ASAM has hired Historical Research Associates to write a history of our organization. HRA’s team is building on the many wonderful materials gathered and historical narratives drafted by a number of our past and present members. We’re asking our members to look into their personal collections to see if they possess pre-1990: photographs (with dates and captions) , personal papers (notes, minutes, communiques, awards, letters, etc.), and any other materials related to the society and its chapters. If you have items you’d like to share, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share these details with anyone you know who may be able to assist in the collection of these historical items. Thank you!
Rockville, MD – In a new public policy statement on treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in correctional settings, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) calls on policymakers to support measures that would expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment for Americans who are incarcerated. Individuals who are incarcerated are a vulnerable population and withholding evidence-based OUD treatment increases risk for death during detainment and upon release. The new policy statement describes the standard of care that ASAM believes all individuals with OUD who are detained and incarcerated should receive and outlines systemic changes to ensure universal access to such care within correctional institutions.
Please read this important letter from AAAP and complete the anonymous survey for providers treating OUD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information received will help formulate future policy and educational resources. Thank you!
Wisconsin Health News
The Department of Health Services is asking organizations to apply to pilot a new addiction treatment model of care for Medicaid members, according to a Monday statement.
The organizations will pilot a hub-and-spoke model of care.
Under the model, the organization will serve as a “hub,” offering more intensive substance use disorder treatment. They’ll then work with a network of “spokes,” which will provide less intensive care and other services.
“Piloting the hub-and-spoke model is the next step in integrating quality healthcare for individuals with a substance use disorder,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.
The state’s current budget directs the agency to pursue the model, which was recommended by former Gov. Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
The task force was co-chaired by Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
50% OFF MEMBERSHIP
2020 is half over, but you are still able to take advantage of an ASAM membership today! Membership is half price of the normal dues rate of each category. All members that join will still receive full member benefits.
Current ASAM members are not eligible for the 50% offer, only new or re-instated members.
As you are talking to your colleagues, let them know of the great benefits WISAM is able to offer, and the stellar work we are doing in treating addiction during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the ASAM Resources page at www.asam.org/Quality-Science/covid-19-coronavirus.
Join by going to www.asam.org/join and using code 2020MIDYR at check-out or contact us with any questions WISAM@Badgerbay.co.
It is time to recognize your colleagues for their notable contributions in the addiction medicine field!
The Nominations & Awards Council is seeking nominations for the following 2021 awards: John P. McGovern Award on Addiction & Society, ASAM Annual, Public Policy, Media and the ASAM Training Directors Award.
Award recipients will be honored at the 52nd Annual Conference to be held in Dallas Texas, April 22nd – April 25, 2021. For more information on how to nominate an individual, or yourself, please click here.
The Nominations & Awards Council is dedicated to ASAM’s goal of increasing diversity and inclusion within our Society. As part of this effort, we highly encourage nominations for individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the addiction medicine field.
Submission Deadline: August 7, 2020
If you would like additional information, please contact Valerie Evans at email@example.com
National Governors Association
"Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many governors were looking for ways to strengthen substance use disorder (SuD) provider capacity as part of their comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. However, the imperative is now greater than ever as providers and states face unprecedented fiscal challenges and there are increasing reports that the country is seeing an increase in need for SuD treatment as a result of the stress, social isolation, and job loss associated with the pandemic (Box 1). While comprehensive national data are not yet available, initial reports suggest that many states are experiencing a resurgence of overdose deaths, potentially erasing some of the progress made in recent years in combatting the opioid epidemic.1 At the same time, SuD providers, many of whom are Medicaid providers, are facing financial hardship as they lose revenue due to lower utilization, face new costs for personal protective equipment (ppe), and are required to reconfigure their work spaces and approach to providing care to reduce the risk of spreading coviD-19 (Box 2 below).2"
Read the full document here.
Wisconsin Medical Society | Medigram
Yesterday, the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) approved waiving the upcoming fiscal year’s premiums for physicians, CRNAs and hospitals enrolled in the fund.
The Society has been working hard to find ways to assist its membership during these unprecedented times and approached the Fund with the idea of a premium holiday to provide some financial relief. "COVID-19 has posed unprecedented health and economic challenges to our state, and the health care industry is no exception," said Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, a Fund Board member and the CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society. "The premium holiday approved yesterday by the board will provide some financial relief to many of the Wisconsin medical professionals and providers who have been affected by the pandemic and who face ongoing challenges."
Full-time physicians will save between $382 and $2,521, depending on their specialty, with Residents saving $229 and part-time or retired physicians saving $95. The premium holiday will be in effect from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Additional details can be found in the Society's update or the Fund’s press release.