The Massachusetts Consultation Service for the Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP), created through last year’s opioid law (Chapter 208), allows providers to call a number and have a consultant give advice on safe prescribing and managing care for patients with chronic pain and/or substance use disorder (SUD). The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center provides the medical leadership of MCSTAP, but MCSTAP’s physician consultants are experts from healthcare systems around the state. Since word first went out to hospitals and physicians about the service earlier this year, MCSTAP has been busy fielding calls. But it wants providers to know – physician practices, emergency departments, and health centers, among others – that it has the bandwidth to provide quick, free help. The phone number – which is for providers only and not the public – is 1-833-724-6783 (1-833-PAIN-SUD), and is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MCSTAP now has print brochures and small posters that can be hung in exam rooms. If you’d like samples or have any questions about MCSTAP, contact MCSTAP Administrative Director Amy Rosenstein at Amy.Rosenstein@beaconhealthoptions.com