Our goals are to premier a Medication-Assisted Treatment program (MAT), an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and primary care clinics (bricks-and-mortar locations) with a telehealth business model and franchise opportunities under our brand.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating opioid use disorder. When MAT is used in coordination with counseling and behavioral therapies, it provides a whole-patient approach to treating opioid dependence. The only medications approved by the FDA for treating opiate addiction are methadone, naltrexone and buprenorphine.
Medical providers who wish to become eligible to prescribe MAT for opioid dependent patients must have 8-hours of training and be assigned a Drug Enforcement Agency prescriber number. MAT is an ideal option for people who have in the past shown poor treatment adherence; it is facilitated at an outpatient treatment clinic or doctor’s office.
At our clinic, patients are supervised upon intake and receive continuous follow-up care to ensure they are complaint. Our providers are state licensed in their field, educated to prescribe MAT, provide all aspects of primary care, MAT services and referrals for counseling and therapy, as needed. We believe in whole-patient care and work diligently to ensure our clients have the best possible resources for success in recovery.
There is a broad range of treatment options for opioid use disorder, group and individual counseling, behavior therapy, 12-step programs, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, detox clinics and pharmacotherapy, are just a few. The major tragedy of the opiate epidemic is that as countless lives are lost to overdose, nearly every state in America has a rate of opiate addiction that far outweighs treatment capacity. More than half of people with an addiction to opiates receive treatment and even less remain in treatment long enough to become achieve sobriety. The World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health endorse MAT because it is effective at reducing opioid use disorder.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment – Lexington, KY
Intensive-Outpatient Treatment is also known as IOP, and it’s a primary-treatment program recommended in situations by a clinical and medical assessment. An IOP might be necessary for a person who doesn’t require medically supervised detoxification. Intensive-outpatient programs allow people who are in recovery to continue therapy following detoxification. IOP provides intensive-outpatient services but is designed to accommodate a patient’s busy work schedule and family life.
The goal of IOP is to allow individuals to live at home while in the process of rebuilding their personal lives and healing important family ties. During intensive- outpatient treatment, a person is able to establish a foundation for long-term recovery right from the beginning of treatment, instead of having to do it after leaving the program.
An intensive-outpatient program is designed for people who are struggling with problems due to addiction, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders that present with substance abuse. We offer IOP services to our patients to give them the clinical, emotional and peer support needed to make the transition to sobriety easier.
Intensive-outpatient programs for substance abuse provide a lifeline for people with substance abuse issues or a co-occurring mental-health condition with a substance abuse disorder. People who are in an IOP do not require detox or 24-hour supervision, these programs offer an alternative to residential or inpatient programs. An IOP is designed to establish psychosocial support and to teach someone relapse prevention and coping skills. Intensive-outpatient programs have become a vital part of 21st century addiction treatment for those in need of more intensive services than what’s provided in a traditional outpatient program. IOPs are important to assist many people recovering and it is a solution which deserves consideration from policymakers, providers and others engaged in substance- abuse treatment services.
Studies have shown ongoing case management provided through an IOP leads to better client retention, improved occupational and social functioning, and an improvement in psychiatric symptoms.
Primary Care Services in Lexington, Kentucky
The term primary care is used to describe the nature of services provided to patients, including identifying who are primary-care providers. The field of primary care includes the primary-care doctor and other doctors or nurse practitioners who include primary-care services in their practice. Central to the concept of primary-care services is the patient.
Primary care is treatment provided by doctors or nurse practitioners who are specially trained in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for people with undiagnosed signs, symptoms or health concerns. Primary-care services can be facilitated in a doctor’s office, long-term care facility, home care and day care. The field includes health promotion, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of healthcare settings.
A primary-care practice is the first point of patient contact in the healthcare setting and it continues as the focal point for all necessary health-care services. Primary-care practices are designed to meet the needs of patients with undifferentiated problems, with a large majority located in the patient’s local community. The structure of a primary-care practice could include doctors and non-physician healthcare providers.
Primary-care doctors specialize in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics. This care includes chronic, preventative, and acute care in inpatient and outpatient settings. Doctors who specialize in this field must be educated to provide comprehensive primary-care services through a residency or fellowship training in acute and chronic settings.
Non-primary-care physicians are not trained in the primary-care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine or general pediatrics though could provide patient care. These doctors do not offer services within the context of comprehensive, first contact and continued patient care.
Non-physician primary-care providers include other health care professionals other than a doctor, who can render limited primary-care services. These providers can include nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health -care providers. Non-physician primary-care providers work in collaboration with the primary- care doctor with whom the ultimate responsibility of patient care resides.
According to the Annals of Family Medicine, there are more than 21 million people in America suffering from addiction and most do not receive treatment. Only approximately seven percent of those suffering from opioid addiction will access treatment through their primary-care provider. Additionally, fewer than ten percent of people with opioid use disorder receiving specialized care will have access to buprenorphine.
Primary-care providers are on the front lines in patient care, but currently face insurmountable obstacles in prescribing medication-assisted treatment for patients in a rural setting. Doctors face regulatory requirements for being able to prescribe suboxone and there is a limit to the number of patients they can treat within the first year.
In order to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with addiction, primary care needs to be a better point of entry for them, and specialty services need to be more widely available and accessible. By lifting the stringent regulatory requirements and allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatment, our country can appropriately respond to the opiate epidemic and make a genuine difference in mortality rates related to opioid overdose.
Addiction Treatment Via Telehealth
Telehealth is a means of providing healthcare services remotely by using telecommunications technology. The technologies utilized for these services include the internet, teleconferencing, store and forward imaging, streaming media, wireless and terrestrial communication.
Telehealth includes the following applications:
- Live synchronous video conferencing: this is a two-way audio and visual link between a patient and healthcare provider.
- Mobile healthcare: health care and public-health information is provided to patients through a mobile device. The information may contain general education information, disease outbreaks, targeted text messages and notifications.
- Store and forward video conferencing: transmission of a patient’s health record and history in order for it to be reviewed by another provider, usually a specialist.
- Remote patient monitoring: this involves the use of connected electronic devices to record personal health and medical data in one location in order for it to be reviewed by another provider in a different location.
The benefits of using telehealth services include expanding access to patient care, improved clinical workflow, support communication along the continuum of care, and it allows workable solutions for changing needs.
Currently, the use of telemedicine in substance-abuse treatment is extremely limited; however, it could be quite promising in the field of addiction medicine. Telehealth services removes the barriers of geography and stigma from drug treatment. Through telehealth services, a patient avoids the stigma of being identified as a drug addict. Additionally, telehealth services are easy to implement, doesn’t carry additional costs and it is excellent for patient monitoring, feedback and counseling.
Another advantage of telehealth service is 24-hour access and availability, which is more convenient for patients in a rural setting or those who cannot easily arrange an in-office visit. Videoconferencing for psychiatric services or addiction treatment takes place over a secure portal either at a secure telemedicine console or on a personal computer.
Mobile apps on a smartphone or tablet allow substance abuse treatment and recovery support to be available 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. The use of mobile devices in addiction medicine is relatively new, but smartphone and tablet apps offer the same benefits and conveniences as telephone-based, web-based and videoconferencing services.
Today, everyone has a smartphone, they are cheaper than ever and come loaded with certain apps preloaded by the phone carrier. Biztip LLC is currently working with developers to design a smartphone app for our patients and providers. For a variety of reasons, we believe a smartphone app is going to be instrumental in setting us apart from other addiction-treatment providers because it is a low-cost way of equipping a patient with an ongoing provider relationship and various other valuable resources.
Implementing telehealth services changes the entire face of addiction medicine because it brings precious resources to patients who need it most and may face obstacles preventing them from easily accessing a suboxone doctor. To remain competitive with other treatment programs and providers, Biztip LLC is using telehealth services at our existing locations and will utilize it at any future locations, because bringing together patient and provider is a must, if lives are to be saved.
Our team is working hard to establish a competitive edge for our MAT, IOP, and PC with telehealth services. Not only do we currently have several MAT programs established, through our unique competitive business model, we are focused on a new marketing segment through robust online and offline marketing, aggressive campaigning, increased interaction between patients and providers. We pay particularly close attention to capturing data, listening and adapting to the growing opportunity for new patient acquisition.
How, you ask, are we prepared to do this? Continue reading to find out how we plan on expanding our current services and why telehealth services will change addiction medicine treatment as we know it.
The most common types of telemedicine platforms are telephone, email and text messaging. The Pew Research Center did the first study of smartphone ownership in 2011. According to the research the team uncovered that 95% of Americans have a cell phone of some type, with 77% owning a smartphone.
The use of telehealth services is most common in people between the ages of 25 and 34 years of age. People above the age of 55 are the least likely to use telemedicine, preferring to accessing remote providers with a phone call. According to a Health Mine survey of 500 consumers, the main reason reported for using telehealth services included follow-up care for an acute illness, symptom tracking and diagnosis, and medication management.
Other findings of the Health Mine survey uncovered 93% of participants reported a lowered healthcare cost when using telehealth services. One reason many providers and patients do not use telehealth services is because many insurance companies do not cover the cost. Researchers highlighted the recent trend in offering telehealth services is to help cut the costs associated with high deductible health insurance plans. The average cost for a telehealth consultation is approximately $40.00, while the average cost of an in-office doctor visit is $50.00-$125.00. However, many states are now reimbursing at the same rate as in-office visits. Kentucky Medicaid reimburses $40 per visit and $300 for case management. Medicaid reimburses $125 per IOP group.
According to a report from Markets and Markets, globally the telehealth market is projected to reach $9.35 billion by 2021. With extensive growth annually at 27.5 percent at the end of 2016, the telehealth market was valued at $2.78 billion.
Our companies intend to take advantage of the booming telehealth industry Right Now! We are actively investing considerable resources into technology services, which will push our MAT and IOP services to the next level.
Costs Associated With Drug Addiction
Substance use disorders contribute to high healthcare costs, and according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addressing the situation costs America’s more than $600 million each year. Residential and inpatient treatment programs could require a 90-day and beyond commitment from a patient. For many suffering from addiction, this commitment isn’t feasible. Intensive-outpatient programs report better patient adherence, more cost-effective treatment and removing the societal stigma attached to addiction.
For someone struggling with an addiction issue, finding MAT resources with a telehealth option could mean the difference between life and death. The reality exists, there are not enough treatment providers offering MAT services to meet the needs of patients. Our company intends to continue growing our network, expanding our services to where they are needed most. We also intend to provide easier access to resources people suffering from addiction need in order to recover.
We understand there are far more patients in need of MAT treatment than can currently access it. We’ve educated ourselves with study information which proves that a small number of people in need of treatment actually seek or receive it. The primary reasons why we strongly believe in what we are doing is because of inadequate accessibility or availability of treatment, stigma. These stigmas are a belief that people with addiction can handle the problem without treatment, not being ready to stop using their substance of choice, lack of health insurance, privacy and treatment costs.
We are fully committed to making a bonafide difference in the world of addiction medicine. Through careful planning, forethought and industry insight, we invite you to come along with us on this new and exciting journey.