Providers that have long relied on the book text for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria will be able to make a digital leap starting next year. In January, ASAM will premier its new decision-tool software for treatment centers and county programs.
And it’s not just a electronic version of the book text, but rather, it’s an interactive program that intelligently leads counselors and their patients through data inputs to arrive at level of care recommendations.
Rather than inferring decisions from the criteria text alone, counselors and other clinicians will answer prompts from the software, such as “How many times has the patient been in treatment previously?” Each response will lead to the next logical prompt.
After the provider completes the structured process, the answers are distilled. At that point, the provider uses his or her own experience and expertise to choose the recommended level of care from the software’s results.