Three Challenges

September 15, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Like a stroke patient who suddenly finds himself needing to relearn basic skills that were once automatic, it may require a level of personal commitment unseen for many years.

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Outpatient Follies

July 21, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The experience of addicts and alcoholics, particularly at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, makes it clear that we could use more inpatient resources, not fewer.

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Early Recovery: Twelve Pitfalls

January 11, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to make an appointment right away, talk to your group leader before/after a group session, or bring them up in your support or step group.

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Different Levels of Treatment: Who Gets What

January 3, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

For the most part, if you are hoping that insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, or another third-party payor will help with–or pick up entirely–the costs of treatment, you’ll be running into ASAM criteria that control who gets what kind of treatment.

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Waiting (and Waiting…) for Inpatient Beds

April 30, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If your inpatient provider determines eligibility using ASAM patient placement criteria, don’t forget to describe the patient’s need in those terms. Makes your case a little stronger by making their job a little easier.

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Reducing Outpatient No-Shows

March 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

No patient can benefit from a session he or she didn’t attend (at least, we hope not.)

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