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SUD Data Dashboard Affinity Groups

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) SUD Data Dashboards Affinity Groups, are geared towards states interested in producing new or revising their existing SUD data dashboards. Participating Medicaid agencies learn about best practices in dashboard design and receive individual and group technical assistance as they produce or revise their own data dashboards.

Participating states from the first cohort, which ran from June 2018-March 2019, include Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. For additional information, review the Program Overview (PDF, 156.33 KB) and Information Session slides (PDF, 2.23 MB).

Starting in February 2020, IAP is offering Medicaid agencies in the District of Columbia and Iowa technical assistance for a seven-month period. Review the Technical Assistance Program Overview (PDF, 123.3 KB) and Information Session Slides (PDF, 1.02 MB).

Medication-Assisted Treatment Affinity Group

IAP is offering Medicaid agencies in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, Washington, and West Virginia technical assistance to identify strategies for modernizing their medication-assisted treatment (MAT) delivery systems across a series of related topics. The MAT Affinity Group will run from February 2020 through August 2020. The group contains three components, each of which will last eight weeks and run sequentially. States may participate in one, two, or all three components. Components for the MAT Affinity Group include the following:

  • Component 1: Role of Opioid Treatment Programs
  • Component 2: Key MAT Strategies to Enhance Access
  • Component 3: Performance Metrics

Review the Technical Assistance Program Overview (PDF, 164.79 KB) and Information Session Slides (PDF, 1.02 MB).

Opioid Data Analytics Cohort

From 2018-2019, the IAP supported states that were in the initial stages of examining their substance use disorder (SUD) data. There were three inter-related areas of focus for the Opioid Data Analytics Cohort.

  1. Opioid use disorder (OUD)
  2. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  3. Neo-natal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and OUD care for pregnant women in the Medicaid program

Participation was geared towards states that are in the early stages of conducting analyses to size and stratify their opioid problem, assess the distribution and availability of MAT, and understand the size and characteristics of NAS and opioid-related maternity care in Medicaid.

Participating states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, and West Virginia. For additional information, review the Program Overview (PDF, 161.62 KB) and Information Session slides (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Medication-Assisted Treatment Roundtables

In 2019 the IAP held MAT roundtables to provide opportunities for states to review:

  • Key MAT practices
  • Methods used to expand and/or modernize MAT provider delivery strategies for SUD treatment, particularly OUD in Medicaid

Through webinars that use a point-counterpoint format, each roundtable considered how states can use these strategies in decision-making and program planning in the Medicaid arena. 

Roundtable Topics

Roundtable discussions occured monthly from March 2019 through August 2019. Roundtables focused on innovative methods for improving MAT delivery strategies. The six monthly roundtable topics were:

  1. Pharmacotherapy or MAT: Which Is Preferable?
  2. The Value of Withdrawal Management: Where’s the Return on Investment?
  3. The Role of Opioid Treatment Programs: Time for a Change?
  4. Low Barrier MAT: What Will It Take to Increase the Uptake of Alternative Access Models?
  5. MAT Collaborative Care: Is It the Only Way to Increase Access?
  6. MAT: Should All SUD Treatment Organizations Be Required to Provide It?

Review the MAT Roundtables Program Overview (PDF, 99.18 KB) and Information Session Slides (PDF, 1.19 MB).

High Intensity Learning Collaborative

The High Intensity Learning Collaborative (HILC) was a year-long program support initiative that began in January 2015 and was designed to support a small number of states in developing the necessary infrastructure changes to improve the care and outcomes for individuals with SUDs. The HILC states are Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Following the yearlong collaborative, HILC states are provided ongoing one-on-one support to continue their work.

Learn more about the HILC states and their IAP work (PDF, 81.74 KB). 

Topics addressed include:

  • Defining Needs and Opportunities Using Data
  • Using Data and Metrics to Track Interventions and Outcomes
  • Quality Metrics Used in the HILC
  • SUD Benefits and the SUD Care Continuum
  • Care Transitions for Individuals with SUD
  • At-Risk Populations
  • Developing Payment Strategies for SUD
  • Paying for Value in Behavioral Health