Concerns about costs rise as Concord hub-and-spoke system gains steam
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Four months into its creation, Concord’s hub-and-spoke substance use treatment system is picking up some steam. Walk-in patients to Riverbend Community Health – the capital area’s “hub” – are up and 41 patients have been referred to services so far, the organization says.
But as New Hampshire officials continue to roll out the program and present it as a key asset in turning around the state’s opioid epidemic, a growing difficulty looms: payments.
Announced last year, and bolstered by $57 million in federal money over two years, the hub-and-spoke system was designed to allow an easy entry point for treatment services for those in need. The nine hubs can be accessed on foot or referred via phone; those hubs then assess and refer patients to local treatment options acting as spokes.