This was the first webinar in the series to increase Medicaid reimbursement for OTPs. At the present time, there are sixteen states that do not provide any Medicaid reimbursement for OTPs in treating opioid addicted individuals. Georgia has recently announced plans to provide Medicaid reimbursement for eligible OTPs in their state, representing a major and productive break through. A recently published article “Medicaid Coverage for Methadone Maintenance and Use of Opioid Agonist Therapy in Specialty Addiction Treatment” (Brendan Saloner, Kenneth Stoller, and Colleen Barry) also compared the states with and without Medicaid coverage for patients seeking care in OTPs. The study indicated a much higher percentage of OTP utilization in states where such Medicaid reimbursement is provided for Medicaid eligible patients.
The issue of Medicaid reimbursement for patients seeking and receiving care in OTPs is a critical policy topic at this time.