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Unread 07-25-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
NancyB
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Default CARA Signed into law

One more important thing CARA does is that it allows PAs (physician assistants) and NPs (nurse practitioners) buprenorphine prescribing abilities!

http://www.asam.org/magazine/read/ar...on-legislation

Highlights:

Expansion of office-based treatment by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid addiction

Authorization of grants to opioid treatment programs and practitioners who offer office-based medication-assisted treatment to expand access to naloxone through co-prescribing

Reauthorization of funding for the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act for states to improve or maintain a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP)

Directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop recommendations regarding education programs for opioid prescribers, including which prescribers should participate in such programs and how often participation is necessary

Authorization of grants to states to expand evidence-based medication-assisted treatment in areas with high rates of opioid and heroin use

Authorization of grants to state substance abuse agencies to carry out pilot programs for non-residential treatment of pregnant and postpartum women

Authorization of grants to states to implement integrated opioid abuse response initiatives, including education of medical students, residents and other opioid prescribers, and expanding availability of medication-assisted treatment and behavioral therapy for opioid addiction

Expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Opioid Safety Initiative, including a requirement that all VA opioid prescribers receive training on pain management and safe opioid prescribing
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