Clemans-Cope, L., Wishner, J.B., Allen, E.H., Lallemand, N., Epstein, M., & Spillman, B.C. (2017). Experiences of three states implementing the Medicaid health home model to address opioid use disorder: Case studies in Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 83, 27-35.

Year: 2017


This study examines state approaches to opioid health homes (OHH) and uses a retrospective analysis to identify facilitators and barriers to the program’s implementation from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Three states-Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont – adopted the ACA’s optional Medicaid health home model for individuals with opioid use disorder. The model coordinates opioid use disorder treatment that features opioid agonist therapy provided at opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and Office-based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) with medical and behavioral health care and other services, including those addressing social determinants of health. The conducted 28 semi-structured discussions with 70 discussants across the three states, including representatives from state agencies, OHH providers (OTPs and OBOTs), Medicaid health plans, and provider associations, and reviewed state health home applications, policies, regulatory guidance, reporting, and other available OHH materials. The adapted the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, and Sustainment (EPIS) model as a guiding framework to examine the collected data, helping us to identify key factors affecting each stage of the OHH implementation. he OHH model appears to have the potential to effectively address the complex needs of individuals with opioid use disorder by providing whole-person care that integrates medical care, behavioral health, and social services and supports. The experiences of Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont can guide development and implementation of similar OHH initiatives in other states.

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