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Medicaid Tech as Tool to Fight Opioid Crisis- New CMS Incentives

CMS sent a new State Medicaid Director letter (read it here) in early June to help agencies understand options to use federal funding to fight opioid addiction with tech. There is particular emphasis on using the dollars to integrate the systems docs use to identify doctor-shopping for pills (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, or PDMPs) into other EHR-systems. The idea is to reduce the steps a doctor has to take to check for abuse if they suspect the patient is an addict and attempting to get opioids illegally.

 

Here’s a good writeup at Health Data Management

Here’s another good writeup, with more discussion of CMS’s goal of using telehealth to address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) over at mHealth