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MISSION
Regional hospital systems, through the Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals (MATTERS) network are partnering with community-based substance use treatment programs to reduce inappropriate controlled substance prescribing, increase access to medication assisted treatment (MAT), and provide rapid access to substance use treatment programs.

VISION

  • To aid our shared patients in initiating and continuing successful opioid and overall substance use disorder treatment.
  • To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opiate and substance use disorder.
  • To provide a best practice model for Hospital and Emergency Department Initiated Buprenorphine Programs that others can emulate.
  • To provide the same high level of care to patients suffering from opiate use disorder that we would for any other emergency medical condition.

MAP LEGEND:
Blue – Preliminary Involvement
Black – Presentation

VALUES

Hospital Partners will follow these values:

  • We will prescribe buprenorphine for patients when appropriate based on our guidelines.
  • We will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving buprenorphine if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • We will refer patients to the most appropriate follow up possible based on their unique needs.
  • We will inform patients of the referral program’s expectations.
  • We will continuously evaluate our program and share our lessons learned with others.
Community-based substance abuse treatment programs that embody these values:

  • They will accept and work with patients regardless of insurance status.
  • They will accept patients who have not been prescribed buprenorphine or MAT in the past.
  • They will offer timely appointments to patients referred from the hospital and emergency department.
  • They will accept referred patients even if previously discharged from a treatment program.
  • They will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving medication assisted treatment if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • They will not place undue financial burden on the patient.
  • They will provide care that is culturally appropriate for the target population of patients with substance use disorder.
  • They will provide feedback referring providers regarding the disposition of referred patients to improve processes.

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News

Buffalo MATTERS
March 21, 2019

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