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Episode 5: The Opioid Epidemic and Facilitating Better Medication Assisted Treatment

Although the opioid epidemic has been a rising concern for years now, the solutions available for those struggling with substance use disorder are slow to follow. Increased regulation about Sensitive Information—combined with the stigma of addiction—has posed unique challenges in the field of Medication Assisted Treatment. Listen in as Dr. Enrique Enguidanos interviews Drs. Eric Ketcham and Gregg Miller to discuss what can be done to improve the MAT care available and key strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic.

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    About the Speakers

    Eric Ketcham, MD, MBA, FACEP, FASAM, FACHE, Emergency Physician & Addiction Specialist at Presbyterian Healthcare Services  

    Dr. Ketcham serves as an emergency physician and addiction specialist (inpatient and outpatient) for the Presbyterian Health System in Santa Fe and Espanola, New Mexico. He is the Medical Director of an Opioid Addiction Treatment Clinic (OTP) in Farmington, New Mexico. He is board certified in addiction medicine (ABPM) and regularly works with methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. He has been called to testify before the U.S. Congress, House Judiciary Committee (2016) and spoke at two U.S. Congressional Briefings (2019) regarding the opioid epidemic.

    Gregg Miller, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer at Vituity

    Gregg Miller, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at Vituity, overseeing performance-improvement programs and the development and dissemination of best practices. He provides leadership in the areas of risk management, quality, continuing medical education, CMS performance, patient experience, operations flow, and data management. Dr. Miller sits on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Quality and Performance Committee. He completed an administrative fellowship with Vituity, with a focus on CMS quality-related programs.

    About the Podcast

    A monthly podcast aimed at addressing gaps in healthcare for our nation’s most vulnerable patients. Caring for Communities interviews healthcare leaders across the country to discuss what care teams, communities, and government agencies are doing to better support individuals with unique care needs—including mental and behavioral health, substance use disorder, social determinants of health, and other complexities of care.

    About the Hosts

    Enrique Enguidanos, MD, MBA has over 20 years of clinical experience in emergency medicine—much of which has been spent also serving in organizational and systems management roles. As CEO and founder of Community Based Coordination Solutions and a practicing ED physician, he has spent over a decade developing and fine-tuning systems of care and community management systems that have proven very effective for frequent utilizers. He has organized these systems in a manner that allows CBCS to continuously reproduce care results across varying communities and healthcare systems.

    Kat McDavitt is Chief of External Affairs at Collective Medical. With over ten years of experience in healthcare marketing, communications, corporate, and government strategy, she has positioned healthcare companies from small angel-funded start-ups to multi-vertical public corporations. Her knowledge of the healthcare industry spans both clinical and administrative innovations—as well as professional services—in the patient, physician, institutional and payer markets.