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Blueprint for Operating Successful OUD Treatment
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), working with PCSS, launched a pilot study on how to best address intake, billing and coding procedures in community healthcare centers, critical aspects in positive patient outcomes. 

Shellie Sulzberger, LPN, CPC, ICDCT-CM and Patrick Sulzberger, CPA, CHC, of Coding & Compliance Initiatives Inc. and Gervean Williams, Director of Financial and Business Practices, ,NACHC, conducted the study for NACHC and PCSS and recently issued the “MAT Documentation and Charge Capture Process: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)” report. The purpose of the study was to review all aspects of care outside of treatment—compliance and process improvement—which can be critical to patient care.   [ Read more ]
NACHC Creates a Business Plan for Treating OUD
The National Association of Community Health Centers, in conjunction with PCSS, created a business plan for health centers and practices who treat opioid use disorder. The plan includes:
  • recommended staffing
  • a management summary,
  • a detailed outline of tasks in days 1-90
  • billing codes
  • case study of financial plan

PCSS Trainings
AAAP Follow-up Q and A Webinar:
Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern
Webinar description: This Q and A webinar will further discuss Drs. Penders and Stanciu’s webinar from 11/28/18, “Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern.” It will allow participants of the webinar to pose questions to both presenters and they will address questions that were not covered during the original training session.
Note:  Completion of the archived webinar  Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern  is recommended prior to attending the follow-up session. [Learn more]
IntNSA Webinar: Common Psychiatric Conditions
in Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Webinar description: Many patients presenting for treatment for opioid and substance use disorders today have both psychiatric and medical co-morbidities. Many patients are also on varying psychiatric medications. Some patients stop taking their medications on their own. This presents challenges to the medical provider in treating these patients. Providers need to gain knowledge in the diagnosis and management of common psychiatric conditions in patients with substance use disorders especially during the medical detoxification phase.. . [Learn more]
Partner Organization Activities
Grant Seeks to Increase Minority Physicians Treating Addiction
In the field of public health and medicine, minority representation among clinicians has been underrepresented, and in the field of addiction medicine specialty training even more so. While African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans represent nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, they collectively comprise less than 10 percent of all physicians and a much smaller percentage in addiction fields.      [Read more]
News and Publications
PCSS Online Brochure. Please share this link with colleagues: https://goo.gl/G1ay6H
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556-03 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.