New state Med­i­caid ben­e­fit aims to help drug ad­dicts

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A new ben­e­fit in Vir­ginia’s Med­i­caid pro­gram aims to help peo­ple with sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders get treat­ment.

The Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch re­ported that the state is in­creas­ing provider rates for things like sub­stance use in­ten­sive out­pa­tient and med­i­ca­tion as­sisted treat­ment for opi­oid ad­dicts. Provider rates are also go­ing up for par­tial hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, day treat­ment and case man­age­ment.

Dr. Kate Neuhausen is chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer with the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Med­i­cal As­sis­tance Ser­vices. She said the state hasn’t boosted rates for those ser­vices since 2007. That means few providers were of­fer­ing them to Med­i­caid pa­tients.

Vir­ginia also is mak­ing in­pa­tient detox and res­i­den­tial treat­ment avail­able to all Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents. Pre­vi­ously, it was of­fered only to Med­i­caid ben­e­fi­cia­ries who were preg­nant or un­der 21 years old.

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