Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification Examination to be Administered in 2017

Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification Examination to be Administered in 2017
The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF) are announcing a major step forward in the integration of the field of Addiction Medicine into routine medical practice. Starting in the fall of 2017, ABPM will offer more than 850,000 physicians who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) the opportunity to become certified in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine. ABMS-certified physicians who subspecialize in Addiction Medicine have expertise in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of persons with the disease of addiction, of those with substance-related health conditions, and of people who show unhealthy use of substances including nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications and other drugs. This announcement follows the recognition of the new subspecialty of Addiction Medicine by the ABMS in October, 2015 and the June, 2016 approval of fellowship training in Addiction Medicine by the Accreditation Council...
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Stanford Medical School Takes Lead in Teaching Addiction Medicine

Stanford Medical School Takes Lead in Teaching Addiction Medicine
While most medical schools devote little time to teaching addiction medicine, Stanford is leading the way in taking a new approach, NPR reports. Stanford has announced addiction lectures will no longer be part of a psychiatry series, but will become a separate unit for doctors in all subspecialties. Training in addiction medicine will continue when students have clinical rotations. As part of the school’s effort to reduce doctors’ reliance on prescribing opioids for pain, Stanford professor Dr. Anna Lembke is working with fellow faculty members to offer a lecture series on alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and massage.
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Cigna and Addiction Specialists Team Up to Study Which Treatments are Working

Cigna and Addiction Specialists Team Up to Study Which Treatments are Working
The health insurance company Cigna is teaming up with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to study which substance abuse treatments are effective, Forbes reports. The company will provide two years of medical claims data to ASAM, who will work with health researchers at Brandeis University to test and validate which treatments are working. All patient names have been removed to ensure confidentiality. The results could be used to develop guidelines for Cigna and other health insurers to establish protocols for doctors and other mental health providers, the article notes. “When it comes to substance abuse, there are not clear guidelines,” said Dr. William Lopez, Cigna’s Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health. “Our position is that we want to individualize the treatments and by having some guidelines that are more holistic, we will attain that goal. We want to move from volume to value.” He explained researchers hope that...
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ASAM Celebrates as Addiction Medicine is Recognized as New Medical Subspecialty

ASAM Celebrates as Addiction Medicine is Recognized as New Medical Subspecialty
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) celebrates with the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), physicians, health care professionals, community leaders, and state and federal officials as addiction medicine is formally recognized as a new subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) under the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). This recognizes addiction as a preventable and treatable disease, helping to shed the stigma of misunderstanding that has long plagued it and provides a new career option for medical students, residents and physicians interested in specializing in the treatment of addiction. "For decades, the recognition of addiction medicine has been promoted by ASAM. It has been a key part of our mission and couldn’t come at more critical time," said ASAM President Dr. Jeffrey Goldsmith. "With the staggering rise of substance misuse and addiction, expanding the expert workforce needed to address the challenge is paramount." Recognition will...
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