Policymakers & Community Leaders

Medicaid Acupuncture Pilot Project Outcomes Report

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: State of Vermont - Department of Vermont Health Access

This 2017 report to the Vermont legislature summarizes the findings of a pilot study of providing acupuncture to Medicaid patients with chronic pain.

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Translating Local Innovation Into Statewide Policy: Lessons From a Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Prior Authorization Pilot in Camden, New Jersey

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers

In 2017 the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers began a pilot in partnership with local addiction treatment providers and UnitedHealthCare to see if removing prior authorization requirements for buprenorphine would reduce barriers to treatment and improve patient and system outcomes.

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Policy Evaluation: Substance Use Disorders

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This 2019 review from Oregon’s Drug Use Research & Management Program examined whether removing Medicaid prior authorization requirements for medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use

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Efficacy for Use of Detoxification Alone as a Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Evidence Ranking: Problematic

Source: Center for Evidence-based Policy

State officials participating in the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project requested this rapid evidence review on the role of inpatient or residential detoxification for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). As this 2-page document states, research is clear and addiction experts agree that detoxification alone is not a stand-alone treatment for OUD, but is merely the first step in a providing an individualized treatment plan which may include medication assisted treatment.

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Yellow Line Project

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Yellow Line Project-Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Website for the Yellow Line Project in Blue Earth County, Minnesota which is a collaboration between law enforcement, human services and care providers to improve coordination and access to treatment for individuals with substance use or mental health conditions in lieu of in incarceration.

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Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnant and Parenting Women: Policy Resources

This collection features policy reports and recommendations for policymakers and community leaders who may be developing programs to serve pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder (SUD). This collection includes: A report on findings from a 12-state learning collaborative on improving treatment of opioid use disorder among pregnant and parenting women and infants exposed to opioids A guide to creating a coordinated, multi-system approach to treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their infants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration A 2-page guide for policymakers on evidence based treatment for opioid use disorder during pregnancy from the National Institute on Drug Abuse A study looking at the relationship between policies that criminalized substance use in pregnancy and rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and found that such policies may have the unintended effect of increasing the incidence of NAS A 2019 report to the Minnesota legislature that evaluates a pilot initiative to provide integrated care for high-risk pregnancies including American Indians at risk for opioid use during pregnancy And 2 reports from the National Academy for State Health Policy: A report on state Medicaid strategies to promote early identification and treatment of pregnant women with…
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