Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Posted by: Stephen Gillies
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP) are working together to ensure that health care providers across the state are aware of and utilize the support that MCSTAP can provide when caring for patients with chronic pain, substance use disorder (SUD), or both.
We know that caring for patients with chronic pain and/or SUD is complicated and time-consuming. As you know, MCSTAP provides real-time expert peer-to-peer phone support for safe prescribing and managing patient care, as well as appropriate referrals. MCSTAP’s physician consultants, who practice in health care systems around the state, have extensive academic and clinical expertise in safe prescribing and managing care for patients with chronic pain and/or SUD, as well as experience in primary care. In addition, the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center provides medical leadership of the program.
Free to all Massachusetts providers and funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, it supports the care of adults with chronic pain and/or SUD, regardless of insurance coverage.
MMS and MCSTAP recently produced a short informational video about MCSTAP for providers, featuring comments from MMS president Maryanne Bombaugh, MD, MSc, MBA, FACOG, and Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH, FACP, the MCSTAP medical director.
You can view the video here.
This peer-to-peer support is a welcome, necessary and, we believe a potentially impactful tool that many providers have been missing. We encourage you to please share this video with your networks through any communications channels you deem appropriate.
Here is a sample message that you would be welcome to cut and paste:
Website, Facebook, Instagram, newsletters, e-bulletins, e-mail blasts, etc.
“Caring for patients with chronic pain and/or SUD can be complicated. MCSTAP is a no-cost resource that provides you with real-time expert support when you need it. The Massachusetts Medical Society strongly supports MCSTAP and encourages Massachusetts providers to make use of these services. Click here to view a short message from MMS president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh and MCSTAP medical director Dr. Christopher Shanahan.”
Caring for patients w/ #ChronicPain and/or #SUD can be complicated. @MCSTAP_Consult is a no-cost resource that provides real-time expert support for MA #healthcare providers. Watch this video w/ @MCBombaughMD of @MassMedical & @chshanahan to learn more http://bit.ly/2IyBRhk
MCSTAP is committed to helping providers increase their capacity for, and comfort in, using evidence-based practices to care for patients with chronic pain and/or SUD. Providers can reach MCSTAP at 1-833-PAIN-SUD (1-833-724-6783), Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by e-mail at MCSTAP@beaconhealthoptions.com. You can learn more at www.mcstap.com.