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HMA PUBLISHES DRUG AND ALCOHOL PRIMER FOR LOCAL PHYSICIANS

 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Management Alternatives, Inc. (HMA), the West Philadelphia-based, minority-owned health care company that administers the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Health Insuring Organization (HealthPASS), today released a Drug and Alcohol Primer, a publication designed to assist local primary care physicians and other health care providers in the appropriate diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with drug and alcohol problems.
 The primer, the second in a series of such publications produced by HMA, includes topics such as Alcohol Abuse Diagnosis and Treatment; Cocaine and Other Stimulants; Opiate Abuse and Dependence; Sedative Hypnotic Abuse; Hallucinogens and Inhalants and Marijuana.
 According to HMA Senior Vice President for Health Services Denise H. Ross, M.D., the publishers made a special effort to focus on both drug and alcohol abuse in the primer. "While the number of people using cocaine on a daily basis continues to increase," said Ross, "and more than 10 million Americans still smoke marijuana regularly, alcohol continues to be the most commonly used drug in the United States."
 HMA officials said they hope the primer, produced in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry, will provide greater encouragement to primary care physicians in the Philadelphia area to take an active role in teaching and promoting a drug-free, healthy lifestyle for their patients.
 HMA President A.J. Henley said HMA will distribute the new primer, for the first time, to participating physicians at a drug and alcohol seminar titled "Management of Drug and Alcohol Patients in the Primary Care Setting." The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, City Avenue and Monument Road, here, and will feature two internationally renowned keynote speakers, Charles O'Brien, M.D., PhD., Chief of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Beny J. Primm, M.D., executive director of the New York-based Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation.
 Last year, HMA published "The AIDS Primer," its first diagnostic and treatment handbook for primary care physicians.
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 /CONTACT: Sheldon Jones of Crawley Haskins & Rodgers, 215-922-7184, for HMA/


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