Medicaid Coverage for Medication-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorder

$22.50 | CE Hours:4.50 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Given the important role that medication can play in treating substance use disorders (SUDs), it is critical that Medicaid programs develop clinically effective and cost-effective delivery and financing approaches to providing these medications to beneficiaries.  This CE course presents information about Medicaid coverage of medications used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Medicaid Coverage of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders and of Medication for the Reversal of Opioid Overdose.  (2018, November).  HHS Publication No. SMA-18-5093.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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CE Course Objectives

  1. Conclude the most frequently reported reason for not receiving treatment among individuals who recognized a need for treatment and tried to obtain it.
  2. Evaluate which phase of treatment buprenorphine combined with naloxone can be used for.
  3. Identify an effective medication used to reverse opioid overdose.
  4. List three factors that scientific research has found are helped by medications for alcohol use disorders.
  5. Name the most effective medication at reducing the cost for alcoholism-related inpatient hospitalizations and detoxification among individuals treated with MAT.
  6. Provide one characteristic that plays a significant role in the effectiveness of naltrexone.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Executive Summary

a.  Background

b.  Study Methods

c.  Key Findings

2.  Introduction

3.  State Considerations for Covering Medications for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

a.  Efficacy of Medications Used to Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

b.  Cost Offset and Cost Effectiveness of Medications for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

c.  State and Federal Regulations and Policies Affecting the Prescription and

d.  Dispensing of Medications for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

4.  Medicaid Coverage of Medications for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

a.  Data Sources and Methodology

b.  Medicaid Benefit Limits on Medications for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

5.  Innovative MAT Provision, Coverage, and Financing Models

a.  Innovative Models

b.  Cross-Cutting Best Practices

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 4.50 'General' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 11/01/2018

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