The expert panel meeting was hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers with a goal of discussing how to create a system that can be put in place to help establish a framework for addiction medicine.
“Dr. Chouinard’s knowledge sharing at this assembly is continuing a conversation that Community Care has been having about the best way to help those in our population with addiction behaviors,” said Richard Simon, CEO of Community Care of West Virginia.
The panel in D.C. discussed substance abuse awareness and how to grow treatment options through the use of health centers. The conversation focused on developing a community approach, ways for a care team to address and recognize patients with addiction issues, delivering efficient care and putting infrastructure in place to assist people to succeed.
“We aim to provide treatment to our patients that can address issues that impact any facet of their care,” explained Simon. “Addressing addiction, whether it be drugs or food or otherwise, is a large part of being able to deliver whole health care.”
Chouinard was integral in establishing Community Care of West Virginia’s Pain Management Program. The treatment center provides a way for the providers of Community Care of West Virginia to collaborate with a care team and address chronic pain at the primary care level. Patients on the program must enter into a contract with terms of random drug screens and pill counts in order to monitor potential addiction behaviors.