GNYHA’s Opioid Advisory Workgroup held its first meeting on January 31 to develop programs to bolster member activities in response to the opioid epidemic. GNYHA’s 2017 programs included introducing practitioners to medication-assisted treatment, buprenorphine waiver training for prescribers, induction and maintenance of buprenorphine in primary care and emergency department settings, and an innovative partnership among law enforcement, the judicial system, and substance use disorder treatment providers to encourage treatment instead of the criminal justice system. A program summary can be viewed in the 2017 issue of GNYHA News Presents: The Opioid Epidemic. Workgroup members discussed pain management standards implemented by The Joint Commission that went into effect January 1, 2018. GNYHA will help members develop policies and procedures demonstrating compliance with the new standards and leverage them to support institutional practices to address the opioid epidemic. GNYHA also continues to partner with the graduate medical education community on opportunities to prepare new physicians to treat acute and chronic pain, as well as identify and proactively treat at-risk patients and identify those with addiction issues. GNYHA will continue to work closely with legislators and State agencies on legislative and regulatory issues to remove obstacles to care.
Opioid Advisory Workgroup to Help Hospitals Respond to the Epidemic
February 5, 2018
HHS Announces Certification Exemptions for Certain Physicians Prescribing MAT for OUD Treatment
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it will exempt physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe evidence-based medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. HHS will publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) such as buprenorphine...
January 16, 2021
OMH, OASAS to Explore Merger into Single Behavioral Health Agency
The New York State Offices of Mental Health (OMH) and Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) today announcing that they will explore merging into a single state behavioral health agency. GNYHA has long advocated for this integration to improve patient experience, improve treatment outcomes, and reducing costs. OASAS and OMH will hold a series of public...
October 2, 2020
Waiver to Provide Detox Services in Excess of Bed/Patient Day Thresholds Extended Permanently
On November 7, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) published “Dear Administrator Letter” (DAL) 19-15, which permanently continues waivers for providers seeking to treat individuals requiring hospital-based detoxification services beyond their OASAS-certified threshold or without an OASAS operating certificate. Time-limited waivers issued in accordance with...
November 11, 2019