CleanSlate Launches ‘STAT Campaign’ to Promote Physician Awareness of Pennsylvania Opioid Epidemic
Nov 9, 2015
WILKES-BARRE, PA After opening two new Pennsylvania centers, one in Scranton and one in Wilkes-Barre, CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Centers has announced the launch of STAT (Start Treating Addiction Today) a campaign designed to promote physician awareness of the opioid epidemic and encourage active involvement and evidence-informed methods for treating opioid addiction. STAT encourages physicians to seek their XDEA waiver and begin treating patients.
Obtaining an XDEA waiver is a necessary step in order to legally prescribe buprenorphine ? a medication developed for the treatment of opioid addiction. An XDEA waiver can be obtained by completing an online course available at buppractice.com. Once a physician receives their waiver, they are able to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 30 patients in their first year, and up to 100 patients after year one.
As part of the STAT Campaign, CleanSlate will agree to pay the upfront cost of the XDEA course for physicians who commit to then work part-time at a CleanSlate Center.
?Availability of prescribing physicians is one of the greatest barriers to proper treatment,? says Amanda Wilson, MD, Founder and CEO of CleanSlate Centers. ?Once a physician has received their XDEA waiver, they can partner with CleanSlate. Our treatment program relies on collaboration with physicians who are willing and able to work, part-time or full-time, prescribing buprenorphine and overseeing management of their patient panel.? Dr. Wilson added, ?Effectively treating this patient population presents many challenges to physicians attempting to do so alone in private practice. By coming to work in our team environment, physicians can quickly and effectively focus on what matters; providing high-quality, compassionate treatment to patients in their communities.?
?The work we do at CleanSlate is deeply rewarding and absolutely essential,? says Dr. Olapeju Simoyan, Physician Leader at CleanSlate’s Scranton center. ?CleanSlate has structured protocols that enable us to provide high quality care and patients are held accountable. I would encourage more physicians to get involved.
Physicians can learn more about STAT and submit their contact information by calling Provider Recruiter Heather Morini at 413-341-1782.
About CleanSlate Centers
CleanSlate Centers was founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country. A multi-state network of 12 physician-led outpatient addiction treatment centers located in both MA and PA, CleanSlate provides medication-assisted treatment and related therapies for patients who have addiction and associated disorders using the highest quality, evidence-based practices.
CleanSlate?s proven model of individualized care gives patients the tools and support they need to achieve long-term success. In recognition of their innovation and effectiveness, CleanSlate’s treatment programs received the inaugural 2012 Science and Service Award for Office-based Opioid Treatment by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA.)
In 2014 CleanSlate partnered with Apple Tree Partners, a growth equity fund, to help expand efforts geographically and increase access to care in underserved communities with demonstrated need.