Affordable Care Act: HHS Awards $700 Million For Addiction Treatment

This fall, the Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that nearly $700 million will be awarded to 39 national and regional healthcare networks in the U.S. The awards will help more than 140,000 clinicians get the tools and support necessary to help patients receive information, reduced costs, and improved quality of care. These awards are designed to help patients and clinicians in all 50 states. If you are struggling from a drug or alcohol addiction, this information may help you in your recovery.

Millions Of Dollars And Millions Of Americans

Nearly $700 million dollars going towards addiction treatment and wellness prevention may sound like a lot. However, drug and alcohol addiction is an increasing epidemic, with millions of Americans struggling. As recently as 2011, approximately 20.6 million Americans struggled with addiction. Even more worrisome: 2.6 million have an addiction to both drugs and alcohol.

Millions of dollars are being spent for millions of Americans struggling with addiction. This epidemic needs both clinical and financial support, but millions of Americans struggling from addiction don’t seek the help they need. This is where the new initiative can help.

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The Initiative Aims To Make Care More Personalized

When the HHS awarded nearly $700 million towards wellness prevention and addiction treatment, the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative became one of the largest federal investments in U.S. history. Doctors and clinicians in all 50 states will be supported by collaborative and peer-based learning networks. And changing the way doctors and clinicians work can improve the quality of care and ensure healthcare dollars are spent more wisely.

In today’s healthcare system, business has become more data-driven and less people oriented. This initiative, however, aims to make patient care more personalized and looks to accomplish new levels of coordination, integration of care, and continuity.

What Else Can The $700 Million Initiative Help With?

This Affordable Care Act initiative will help 29 medical group practices, regional healthcare systems, and regional extension centers by offering person-to-person support to primary and specialty physicians, clinical pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and their offices.

Here is how the initiative can help you:

  • Doctors and physicians will get real-time notification alerts for high-risk patients
  • Providers will give patients better communication through email and other technologies
  • It will provide dedicated coaches that take better care of chronic illness and who offer preventative care to patients
  • There will be increased patient education regarding medications
  • It aims to improve health screenings and the treatment of mental health and substance abuse across many healthcare settings
  • It will offer better avenues for patient, provider, and community engagement through advisory boards and community engagement initiatives
  • There will be improvements in best practices of medicine between physician and patient
  • It will aim to deliver high-quality and personalized care for patients

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