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Introduction

Scott Haga is a patient advocate with a focus on motivational training, evidence-based treatment, collaboration, and the national opioid crisis. 

He is an experienced medical provider who co-founded and co-led an interdisciplinary complex care intervention for high frequency emergency department utilizers. This innovative, fully integrated medical and behavioral health clinic provides care for individuals with complex biopsychosocial needs, including addiction medicine services to pregnant women using controlled substances. 

Scott is recognized as a subject matter expert on addiction, Medication-Assisted Treatment for substance use disorders, and building well-functioning interdisciplinary treatment teams. 

Before joining HMA, Scott worked as a physician assistant with Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine where he provided expert consultation to social worker case review. He developed pathways with insurance payers to identify and refer appropriate patients with the highest utilization to appropriate programs and treatment teams. 

He served as lead physician assistant, providing primary care and psychiatric services for 10 years in Federally Qualified Health Centers in rural Washington. This experience provided him a knowledge base of how addiction medicine services fit within the larger healthcare system, in which he is now a provider and trainer. He oversaw physician assistant students, served as a member of peer review committees, and was the co-clinical lead for implementing electronic health records helping medical providers with the transition. 

Scott earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Grand Valley State University, and his bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin College.  

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"The future depends on what you do today." - Mahatma Gandhi 

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