NAABT.org Nationwide Patient Physician Matching System (PPMS) 4,880 patients matched to
buprenorphine-prescribing physicians in the first year.
|Blue dots represent contacted patients.
The online system is a non-intimidating 24/7
anonymous way for patients seeking buprenorphine
treatment to connect with an appropriate certified
physician in their area who 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 System. Now, some patients in metropolitan
areas are contacted within minutes of submitting
their anonymous registration, and most others
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Unfortunately, there are still a few areas, such
as 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.
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.
- 7,225 patients registered seeking a certified
physician that matched their needs.
- 175 patients were still pending on 9/1/2007
and 2,170 had opted out of the program.
Of the opt outs, 1,315 were contacted by at
least one physician.
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“The challenge remains to make patients aware of this free
service. The system, even with only its current participating
physicians, could connect 10,000 patients in 2008. Help is
here, and in most parts of the country there is no longer a
waiting list. We just need to get this news to the patients.”
said Timothy Lepak, President, NAABT, Inc.
You Can Help!
Please help spread the word about the Matching System.
We’ve created counter displays that explain what
buprenorphine is and how to find a doctor. Pharmacies
have been very successful with this display, and they are
available free to anyone with a place to display it. To get a
free counter display, email us at MakeContact@naabt.org