Digital Therapeutic for Substance Use Disorder Drives Down Care Utilization, Cost

07/12/2022

Article Excerpt: Digital therapeutics firm Pear Therapeutics has released new data showing its prescription substance use disorder (SUD) therapy reduces hospitalizations and lowers healthcare costs for patients. The data will be published in the journal Advances in Therapy, but the findings are currently available online as a pre-print. The treatment is called reSET. The app is built around cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) utilizing the community reinforcement approach (CRA), the company said. It includes a 12-week course of therapy, in which patients are incentivized for completing lessons and abstaining from drug use. The app also includes fluency training designed to reinforce the lesson content. Previous studies have shown the therapy can be effective at improving rates of abstinence and treatment retention when coupled with usual treatments. In the new report, investigators wanted to know how such improvements might translate into changes in healthcare resource utilization and costs.

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Article Source: Managed Healthcare Executive