MHA Today | February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018
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February 21, 2018

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Missouri Faces Certified-Provider Shortage For Opioid Treatment

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

New research from Avalere Health finds Missouri is among a small group of states with significantly lower-than-average rates of providers certified to prescribe buprenorphine, compared to opioid overdose deaths. Buprenorphine is one of the most common medication-assisted treatment options for opioid addiction care. Researchers suggest that expanding prescribing privileges to nurse practitioners and physician assistants could expand access to treatment. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are authorized by federal law to receive prescribing waivers from the Drug Enforcement Administration after completing a buprenorphine-related training course.

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Approximately one in three adults with diabetes (and one in five adults with high blood pressure) may have chronic kidney disease. Ninety-six percent of people with kidney damage or mildly reduced kidney function are not aware of having CKD.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention