Medicaid serves over 72 million American adults and children annually. According to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), approximately twelve percent of adults 18 and older and six percent of youth aged 12 to 17 who receive Medicaid benefits have a substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD). Illicit drugs and heavy alcohol consumption are directly linked to adverse social, physical, and mental health outcomes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain medications, including Suboxone, for treating alcohol and opioid use disorders. All states reimburse for some form of medication-assisted therapy. However, specific coverage varies from state to state. Suboxone film is listed on Maryland’s Preferred Drug List (PDL), so medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with Suboxone film is covered by Medicaid. At MD M.A.T.T., Maryland Medicaid is among the insurances we accept. Contact our team at 410.364.8194 to learn more about Suboxone treatment.
Why Choose a Telehealth Treatment Program for MAT?
Research indicates that treating opioid use disorder with MAT is highly effective and achieves results, including:
- Reducing the risk of overdose and death
- Limiting criminal activities
- Limiting the transmission of diseases
- Improving social functioning
- Decreasing illegal drug use
- Increasing patient retention in treatment
Outpatient Suboxone treatment programs have been shown to reduce overdose rates dramatically. Suboxone treatment helps people avoid withdrawal symptoms and offers people the chance to maintain the ability to function more normally in daily life. MAT is heavily regulated and not available in all communities. A telehealth treatment program for MAT helps increase the accessibility to treatment and eliminates barriers to treatment, including stigma, cost, and transportation.
What Are Telehealth Rehab Services?
A National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that only 31 percent of American adults who meet the criteria for opioid use disorder received any professional treatment. Of those, less than one percent received medication-assisted treatment.
At MD M.A.T.T., we are committed to helping as many people as possible overcome OUD. We provide telehealth rehab services seven days a week through various advanced technologies, including:
- Web-based treatment tools
- Email communications
- Telephone-based services
- Text messaging
- Video conferences
- Smartphone applications
Rates of OUD tend to be higher in rural communities where there are generally fewer primary care physicians, mental health providers, and addiction treatment programs. Telehealth rehab services can connect patients to services outside their community, helping fill a void in substance use treatment programs.
The Benefits of Online Addiction Treatment
The greatest benefit of online addiction treatment programs is the increased access to comprehensive MAT and therapy, especially in underserved areas. Online addiction treatment programs help eliminate significant barriers to treatment, including stigma, geography, and transportation. Medicaid insurance coverage eliminates the barrier of cost and affordability.
In addition to increased access to care, the benefits of an online addiction treatment program include the following:
- Decreased overdose and mortality rates
- Lower risk for chronic relapse
- Higher rates of treatment compliance
- Reduced levels of anxiety and depression
- Increased patient satisfaction
- Reduced illicit opioid use
- Fewer hospitalizations
- Reduced illegal activity and legal problems
Online addiction treatment allows providers to stay connected with patients for more extended periods than inpatient programs. Patients also have access to providers quickly in times of crisis. These programs place less burden on treatment centers and allow patients to receive effective treatment from the comfort of their own homes, where they are more likely to engage in treatment.
Learn More About Medicaid Coverage for MAT at MD M.A.T.T
OUD affects over two million Americans from all walks of life. The stigma associated with OUD, a lack of access to treatment programs, and the cost of treatment are significant barriers to seeking treatment. Medicaid coverage and telehealth rehab services offer a solution.
At MD M.A.T.T., you or your loved one can finally receive the treatment you need and deserve.
Our team understands OUD is not a choice. We take the time to get to know you and develop a treatment plan customized to your needs. We utilize Suboxone-focused medication-assisted treatment to manage pain, prevent withdrawal, control cravings, and therapy to address the root causes of OUD. Contact our team today at 410.364.8194 or reach out online to learn more.