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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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4/16/2019

Alternatives to opioids, continued: Understanding the nature of pain

In October, we highlighted some emerging medtech options that may help reduce reliance on opioids for pain management. Next in our series on pain management in the context of the current opioid crisis, we examine the deeper issue of the nature of pain itself.

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3/7/2019

Answering your questions about methadone

Answers to 7 frequently asked questions about methadone. Is methadone an opioid? How does methadone work? What is methadone used for? Find the answers here.

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2/28/2019

Q&A: Talking about office-based opioid treatment programs

By CARF International

CARF invited Flora Sadri to share more about the office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) setting and the need for a centralized quality framework. Flora Sadri participated in the International Standards Advisory Committee that crafted CARF’s new OBOT standards.

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2/5/2019

After years of stigma, the conversation around methadone has long needed change

By CARF International

The way we talk about methadone often does not communicate the treatment offerings and efficacy of Opioid Treatment Programs. It’s time we update public perceptions

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1/29/2019

Medication-assisted treatment offers options for people with opioid addiction

By CARF International

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the term for the combination of counseling and behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications to treat substance use disorders (SUD). Over the past few years, MAT has become a broad term that describes how medication can support a person’s recovery from SUD. However, due largely to America’s opioid epidemic, MAT is mostly known to the public as it relates to the recovery of people with opioid use disorder (OUD).

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10/23/2018

Opioid treatment services now covered by Medicare

By CARF International

Although private and state insurance sometimes cover opioid addiction treatment, Medicare historically has not. However, on October 3, Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which expanded Medicare coverage to include opioid treatment programs.

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10/4/2018

Alternatives to opioids: Medical technology offers other pain control choices

By CARF International

Partly in response to the opioid crisis, medtechs across the nation have ramped up development of devices that aim to manage pain without exposing patients to the risk of drug addiction.

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