Perspectives on a Pandemic: Dr. Ben Fickenscher

Perspectives on a Pandemic: Dr. Ben Fickenscher

By: Kyle Worthy

The Pandemic’s Impact On The Opioid Crisis

 

Covid-19 has altered our world in many ways. Members of the healthcare community have overcome unforeseen challenges and, in the process, they’ve learned a lot about what it takes to see their patients and their practices through a world-wide pandemic. 

 

In our next few episodes, we’ll be speaking with providers about the outbreak. We’ll discuss the setbacks they’ve had to handle, the lessons they’ve learned, and what the future might hold for healthcare and physician practices.

 

Today, we speak with Dr. Ben Fickenscher, an emergency room physician from Chesapeake, VA. Dr. Fickenscher successfully implemented an innovative opioid use disorder treatment program at his health care system. In this episode, he speaks with us about the creation of the program, it’s early success, and how the coronavirus has impacted OUD treatment in his community and in the United States.

 

 

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