February 26, 2019

Release of New Policy Paper

Using Medication Assisted Treatment to Treat Opioid Use Disorder: Learning from Past Experience to Guide Policy


This policy paper  is being released as our country continues to grapple with the challenges of the opioid use epidemic. It provides a historical context regarding the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. It also provides a broad context to a number of current policy debates about the value of clinical support services when medications are used to treat Opioid Use Disorder in addition to how the criminal justice system appears to be taking greater interest to how MAT can be used in correctional facilities and Drug Courts.


The paper also deals with a number of reimbursement issues including the recent Congressional action to implement a Medicare reimbursement for Medicare eligible patients in OTPs in addition to increasing Medicaid reimbursement in the states for OTP patients and the emergence of commercial carriers.


It is our collective hope that readers will find this policy paper to be of value as federal and state officials deal with a number of challenges in coordinating treatment as patients leave emergency rooms and get access to treatment.




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