A Qualitative Study of Expanded Methadone Take-Home Access in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
UCSF, UC Davis
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, federal guidance permitted greater access to methadone "take-home doses" for people in treatment for opioid use disorder. This paper reviews the treatment experiences of patients and providers at an opioid treatment program in San Francisco.
Sobering Centers Explained
Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Bonar Menninger
Sobering centers offer a cost-effective alternative for providing care to people with acute intoxication whose public alcohol or drug use puts themselves or others at risk. New interest in the decades-old approach has been sparked by recent CalAIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal). Learn more about these programs through these two publications: a high-level issue brief and a detailed report.
Placing Bets in a Complex Environment: One Foundation’s Approach to the Opioid Epidemic
This article describes CHCF's five-year opioid safety initiative and the impact it had on California's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. It is published in The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy.
Buprenorphine: An Overview for Clinicians
Scott Steiger, Triveni DeFries
Buprenorphine, an FDA-approved medication for addiction treatment and pain relief, cuts opioid overdose death rates in half. Yet the majority of people with opioid use disorder do not receive this medication-assisted treatment. This document provides answers to frequently asked questions and aims to increase provider comfort with prescribing buprenorphine.
Can Hollywood Change Attitudes About Addiction and Mental Health?
August 19, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, provides writers and producers of films and TV shows with free and accurate resources on health.
Opioid-Dependent Newborns Get New Treatment: Mom Instead of Morphine
August 1, 2019
Dana G. Smith
Medi-Cal, Behavioral Health
Newborn care experts in Humboldt County are changing the way they treat babies born with opioid dependence. The babies spend less time in the hospital and receive less medication.
Opioid Safety Lessons Put Physician on Path to State Policymaking
July 25, 2019
After five years leading CHCF's High-Value Care Team and its opioid safety portfolio, Kelly Pfeifer, MD, will become deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services for California state government.
How to Pay for It: MAT for Hospitalized Patients
Payment & Financing
Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in hospitals is critical, given how often patients have a secondary diagnosis of opioid use disorder. This paper describes how MAT is reimbursed in acute inpatient settings and addresses three areas for payment.
How to Pay for It: MAT in the Emergency Department
Payment & Financing
The emergency department is an ideal setting to begin medication-assisted treatment. This paper provides answers to frequently asked questions about MAT, focusing on funding and payment options.
What to Expect in Health Policy Under a Divided Congress
January 8, 2019
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
Expanding Health Coverage
Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives, while the GOP continues its dominion over the Senate. What will this "split Congress" mean for health care?