SMART, EHR software vendor for opioid treatment programs proudly serves Habit OPCO Treatment Center. Now, apart of CRC Health Group, these Massachusetts-based clinics provide medically supervised methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine) maintenance treatment. They help individuals working to overcome addiction to or dependence upon heroin or other opioids.
Methadone has been used for decades to treat individuals addicted to heroin and pain medicines. Many treatment providers have found success in treating patients via methadone dosing when combining with counseling and support programs. Habit Opco is a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Certified addiction treatment provider.
“With the ability to become fully electronic SMART has enabled us to improve communication within the program as well as ease the burden with paperwork. The medical order package has also simplified the need to write multiple orders when providing individual treatment to patients. As far as other departments go, another great feature is that we now have real-time access to multiple disciplines, medical, clinical, and financial. I have used two previous systems and this has been the best by far.”
John Vinitsky, Director of Nursing, Habit OPCO, Inc.
We’re proud to shine the spotlight on CODAC, providing opioid treatment as well as recovery and prevention resources to individuals, families, and communities. Recently, the state deemed CODAC as the first “Center of Excellence” regarding the treatment of opioid use disorders.
Rhode Island health officials estimate 20,000 Rhode Islanders are addicted to some form of opioid. However, only a few thousand are getting medication-assisted treatment. Given the number of people affected by addiction, there is a shortage of certified physicians. Currently, R.I. only has a total of 171 buprenorphine prescribers.
Increasing Opioid Treatment Access
Governor Raimondo advocates for the access of buprenorphine (Suboxone) and the availability of psychiatrists, social workers, and recovery coaches. “Rhode Island’s first Center of Excellence will make it easier for patients with opioid use disorders…,” offers Raimondo.
CODAC provides Methadone, Naltrexone, or Suboxone for patients coming into treatment, so physicians can work with patients to choose the best treatment option for each person. The Centers for Excellence model helps compensate for the shortage of certified professionals. Rebecca Boss, acting director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals celebrates CODAC for “recognizing overdose as a public health crisis and moving swiftly to complete the application process.”
About 1,700 Rhode Islanders died of drug overdoses between 2006 and 2014. In 2014, Rhode Island had the sixth-highest rate of overdose deaths per 100,000 residents in the country. The US Centers for Disease Control blames a majority of drug deaths on prescription opioids and heroin.
Primary Care Providers Needed
Patients may walk into a Center of Excellence or be referred. From there, patients are stabilized, given treatment, and referred to a care provider in the community. Advocates hope the design will help primary care doctors treat a growing number of opioid-dependent or addicted people. Centers can cater to patients who may need initial intensive care but do not require in-patient care.
Rhode Island is not alone in battling citizen opioid addiction. Connecticut recently deployed a three-year plan to combat addiction based on Yale University research. In August alone, 27% of those admitted to the New Haven outpatient clinic were diagnosed with opioid-use disorder. As US Attorney, Peter Neronha recently pointed out, the numbers of those in need may be obscured. “Those potentially at risk of death were brought back by Narcan.” Naloxone stops the effects of heroin or opioid overdose, stripping the opiate receptor site, and restoring breathing. “When we realize how many times Narcan is being administered, we start to get a sense of how deadly this problem really is,” offers Neronha.
Since 1971, CODAC has served the Rhode Island community. Its five locations enable a range of outpatient recovery treatment and prevention services. Those struggling with drugs, gambling, or addictive behaviors rely on CODAC for compassionate and personalized service.
The SMART Software Division is pleased to announce that Pinnacle Treatment Centers has chosen SMART as the EHR Software vendor for their locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky, providing drug-free inpatient and outpatient treatment, medically-assisted treatment, and counseling for drug addiction.
SMART’s implementation team recently visited Pulaski Medical of Pinnacle Treatment Centers for their first SMART Software installation. Our team was impressed by the beauty of this rural Virginia town and by the hospitality of Pulaski’s staff. They do a truly wonderful job of providing a clean and safe environment for patient treatment. We are thrilled to welcome Pinnacle Treatment Centers to our family of SMART partners and look forward to continuing our integration.
About Pinnacle Treatment Centers
Pinnacle Treatment Centers is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They began in 2006 with the acquisition of four treatment centers in Pittsburgh and Johnstown. Since then, they have expanded to provide facilities in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Virginia. Each year, their facilities provide drug addiction treatment and services at 20 facilities.
Pinnacle Treatment Centers provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for those suffering from addiction. Their services include drug-free and medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone, methadone, substance disorders, and co-occurring disorders. They provide these treatments along with medical evaluation and counseling for our clients and their families. Through a network of facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Kentucky, Pinnacle treats more than 7,500 people every day.