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Using pain-care reform to improve primary care for under-served populations

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The Nicholson Foundation, which seeks to improve New Jersey’s healthcare- delivery systems and reduce the costs of care for its underserved populations, has a program to reform pain care and reduce opiate addiction and in so doing strengthen overall primary care in the state’s safety-net system. Its key  is integrating  behavioral healthcare —  mostly  substance-abuse and mental-health treatment — with primary-care settings.

The authors of a Health Affairs article on this note: “With the explosion of the prescription opioid crisis in the past several years, and the concomitant awareness of the role of primary-care providers in inadvertently contributing to it, this integration work has become urgent and essential.”

To read the article, please hit this link.

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