Some of these include: * Reducing healthcare's overall cost, including the cost of insurance (From a purely economic standpoint, we cannot sustain the healthcare cost increases we have seen during the past two decades) * Reducing the number of uninsured individuals, either through government or private insurance plans * Eliminating programs and procedures that do not measure up or provide the anticipated outcomes * Penalizing providers at every level for mistakes, inefficiencies, and unnecessary duplication For those in the addiction treatment sector of healthcare, we are learning very fast that what is so very important, and perhaps sacred, to us is just a blip on the larger healthcare screen. While it is too early to know exactly where we will emerge, I would like to suggest that what we might see will be clustered around some of the following organizing points: * There will be more focus, and therefore more new dollars allocated, to determine what It will take to have an impact on the 19 million Americans not receiving any addiction treatment and yet meet the disease's diagnostic criteria. * Fewer dollars will be available for up-front stabilization services, and move dollars will be available for lifetime management of this disease (This will be driven by the understanding that addictions are a chronic disease). * Persons diagnosed with the disease of addiction will not be discharged but rather transferred within a delivery system.
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