Association of Receipt of Opioid Use Disorder-Related Telehealth Services and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder With Fatal Drug Overdoses Among Medicare Beneficiaries Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Reports on a study to determine the benefits of expanding opioid use disorder (OUD) related telehealth services and remote prescribing of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the number of fatalities due to drug overdose. Examines clinical and sociodemographic characteristics of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with OUD by analyzing data on sex, age, race/ethnicity, county rural and urban status, death rates, disability, mental health diagnosis, chronic conditions, and other substance use disorders.
Christopher M. Jones, Carla Shoff, Carlos Blanco, et al.
JAMA Psychiatry, e230310
Access · Black or African American · Health conditions · Hispanic or Latino · Mental health · Mortality · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Substance use and misuse · Telehealth · White