National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment www.NAABT.org nationwide Patient Physician Matching System (PPMS)
4,880 patients matched to buprenorphine prescribing physicians in the first year.
The online system is a non-intimidating 24/7 anonymous way for patient seeking buprenorphine treatment to connect with an appropriate certified physician in their area that has an opening, matches the patient’s needs, and ability to pay for treatment.
From 9/1/2006—9/1/2007 7,225 patients had registered. 4,880 (66%) have been offered treatment by at least one of the 1,308 participating physicians.
Presumably the 4,880 are patients who were unable to find treatment through other means and might not have found treatment at all if not for the free online service.
Long waiting lists existed prior to the launch of the list. Now, some patients in metropolitan areas are contacted within minutes of submitting their anonymous registration, and most others within days. Unfortunately, there are still a few areas, like Vermont and Spokane WA, where patients have waited for months without contact from a physician.
Physicians reluctant to be listed publicly on the SAMHSA list, can still use the system to contact patients that best fit their practice and expertise.
Counselors/ advocates/ help-lines / social workers, can submit a registration on behalf of patients without computer access, and simply inform the patient with the good news when a physician with capacity to treat them replies.