CMS issues guidance on using Medicaid to combat opioid crisis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released guidance designed to build on their commitment to partner with states to ensure they have the flexibility and tools needed to combat the opioid crisis.

The guidance provides information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches that can be used to combat the opioid crisis, ensures states know what resources are available and articulates promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction.

CMS released an informational bulletin that provides states with information that can be used when designing approaches to covering critical treatment services for Medicaid eligible infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Additionally, CMS issued a letter to states on how they may best use federal funding to enhance Medicaid technology to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

Read the full CMS press release.