Key Researchers

  • Insurance regulations that deny payment for alcohol-involved trauma care inhibit efforts to identify alcohol problems among patients in emergency settings (Schermer et al., 2003).

    Trauma centers have increased the use of screening tools for alcohol involvement and the use of brief interventions to facilitate entry into treatment (Schermer et al., 2003). Trauma surgeons, however, report a reluctance to screen routinely because insurance regulations in many states permit a denial of claims if alcohol use is implicated in the trauma incident.



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