The Alabama Provider Capacity Project (APCP) Grant is funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a collaboration between the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Vital.
The goal of the project is to decrease the extent of health disparities within Alabama’s low-income communities, particularly those health issues related to the consequences of substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD).
Alabama’s Demonstration Project to Increase Substance Use Provider Capacity, proposes to increase substance abuse provider treatment capacity by creating a pipeline to expand provider participation options.
This project places great emphasis on promoting the principles of a whole person integrated care, a continuum of care, and seamless coordinated care systems.
The strategy for achieving the established goals of this project is to strengthen Alabama’s Medicaid health systems by:
- Developing and implementing best practices to reduce the morbidity and mortality of SUD through leveraging existing resources,
- Facilitating new provider participation processes,
- Utilizing telehealth technologies to intensify provider capacity.
Vital will be involved in all aspects of the collection, management, analysis and reporting of data and will collaborate with the Alabama Department of Public Health and other state data sources.
Vital will use focus groups comprised of stakeholders to assess needs statewide, in addition to, developing and distributing surveys to provider stakeholders and patients throughout Alabama.
Predictive factors will be identified as to providers’ willingness levels regarding the offering of substance use disorder treatment among the participating healthcare providers.
The Vital team will then guide activities to develop projections regarding the state goals for increasing the number, willingness and capacity of Medicaid providers offering SUD treatment services.
Vital, Alabama Medicaid, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health will ultimately provide a framework to produce projections of Medicaid provider participation and reimbursement rates statewide that will lead to the development of Medicaid paths by county up to the year 2025.