AMA President Calls for Easier Access to MAT

Barbara L. McAneny, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), yesterday called on state medical societies and physicians throughout the country to push payers to eliminate prior authorization for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).

“When it comes to treating patients with OUD, we know what works. MAT for opioid-use disorder saves lives. MAT helps people maintain recovery, saves money, reduces crime, and helps people regain their health and their lives,” Dr. McAneny writes. “Payers across the nation commonly impose prior-authorization requirements that patients and physicians must meet before medications are available for treatment. When patients seek help, it is unconscionable to make them wait days or weeks for the right treatment.”

Read Dr. McAneny’s letter with links to model legislation.

The NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT is an innovative and coordinated approach to supporting patients on MAT. Read more about the unique Project OBOT initiative.


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