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Exploring Value-Based Payment to Encourage SUD Treatment in Primary Care

From 2000 to 2014, the rate of deaths in the United States from drug overdoses increased by 137 percent and the rate of overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers and heroin by 200 percent. Expanding the capacity and ability of primary care providers to assess and treat SUDs is critical. With support from the Melville Charitable Trust, TAC and the Center for Health Care Strategies conducted interviews with stakeholders to understand how value-based payment (VBP) levers can be used to encourage this type of integration. Drawing from the interviews, this brief examines how states and health plans are exploring VBP to promote SUD treatment in primary care, and offers considerations for implementing these models.