Collaborative Learning Opportunities

Opioid Data Analytics Cohort

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) supported states that are in the initial stages of examining their substance use disorder (SUD) data. There are 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 and Information Session slides.

Data Dashboards Flash Track

The Opioid Data Dashboards Flash Track, which ran from June 2018-MArch 2019, was geared towards states interested in participating in a mini-course with the end goal of producing a data dashboard, a plan for a dashboard, a prototype, or a mock-up for a section of a dashboard on SUD/opioids in their Medicaid program. Medicaid IAP supported states in their efforts to develop a dashboard, but is not able to develop dashboards on behalf of states. The Opioid Data Dashboards Flash Track addressed questions around how to construct and use a data dashboard; provided ongoing technical support and facilitated state-to-state discussions to share progress/challenges; and shared examples of data dashboards produced by other states.

Participating states include Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. For additional information, review the Program Overview and Information Session slides.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Roundtables

The IAP is holding 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 will consider how states can use these strategies in decision-making and program planning in the Medicaid arena. 

Roundtable Topics

Roundtable discussions will occur monthly from March 2019 through August 2019. Roundtables will focus on innovative methods for improving MAT delivery strategies. The six monthly roundtable topics are:

  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 and Information Session Slides. If you’re a state agency interested in participating in the Roundtables, please email

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

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