Scott Haga is an experienced medical provider and subject matter expert in the treatment of substance use disorders. He has worked providing addiction medicine services in the outpatient setting as well as inpatient addiction consultation services.
He 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 and has cared for pregnant women with opioid use disorder and provided treatment in the pre, peri, and post-partum period.
Scott’s expertise includes addiction, medication for addiction treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders and building well-functioning, interdisciplinary treatment teams. He has worked across the criminal justice system to implement MAT in jails and prisons as well as provided evidenced based interventions to reduce incarceration and recidivism.
Before joining HMA, Scott worked as a physician assistant with Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine where, in addition to clinical services, he provided expert consultation to social worker case review. He also developed pathways with insurance payers to identify and refer appropriate patients with the highest utilization to appropriate programs and treatment teams.
Dedicated to providing care to those most in need, he spent 10 years as lead physician assistant, providing primary and psychiatric care at a Federally Qualified Health Center in rural Washington. This experience provided a deep knowledge base of how addiction medicine services fit within the larger healthcare system.
He has translated those skills into current projects where he is a MAT provider and trainer. Scott has also served as regular preceptor for 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 a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in social work.