The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Minnesota and Nebraska have become the 23rd and 24th states who have received approval for innovative demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). Under the section 1115 demonstrations, Minnesota and Nebraska are approved to receive Medicaid matching funds for treatment in facilities that meet the definition of an institution for mental diseases (IMD), accelerating efforts to help states combat the national opioid epidemic, decreasing overuse and saving lives.
Under the Minnesota demonstration, Medicaid eligible individuals will receive enhanced mental health services through Minnesota’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Temporary expenditure authority will allow CCBHCs to integrate community health care provider organizations to increase rates of identification, initiation, and engagement in treatment for SUD.
CMS expects the Nebraska demonstration will enhance existing addiction services and offer those services to beneficiaries in more appropriate treatment locations, including residential facilities. As a result, the anticipated outcome is that more consumers will receive a more complete array of required treatments than before the demonstration.
Expanding access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) is one key strategy identified in CMS’s Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic, which details agency efforts in combating the opioid crisis. More than two million people suffer from OUD, yet only 20% of people with OUD receive treatment. These demonstrations will allow Minnesota and Nebraska to improve access to high quality, clinically appropriate treatment for OUD and other SUDs; they will also consider the particular challenges the opioid epidemic has impacted in their respective states. Both demonstrations are approved for a five year period beginning on July 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2024.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the largest purchasers of health care in the world. Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program provide health care for one in four Americans.
This was reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on June 28, 2019.
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