CMS leverages Medicaid program to combat the opioid crisis

CMS released on Monday guidance that aims to help states leverage Medicaid to fight the opioid crisis.

CMS released on Monday guidance that aims to help states leverage Medicaid to fight the opioid crisis. According to CMS, the guidance includes information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches they can use to fight the epidemic, ensures states know what resources are available, and details promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction. CMS has issued an Informational Bulletin that gives states information they can use when designing approaches to covering critical treatment services for Medicaid-eligible infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. In addition, the agency has issued a letter to states on how they may best use federal funding to enhance Medicaid technology to fight drug addiction and the opioid epidemic. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, "Today's announcement reflects the Trump administration and HHS's commitment to helping states use Medicaid to support treatment for this condition and other challenges produced by our country's crisis of opioid addiction. State-level innovation, including in the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and electronic health records, has been and will be a key piece of ending this crisis."