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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 130. Amount, Duration and Scope of Selected Services

12VAC30-130-5060. Covered services: clinic services - preferred office-based addiction treatment.

A. Preferred office-based addiction treatment (OBAT) shall be provided by a buprenorphine-waivered practitioner and may be provided in a variety of practice settings, including primary care clinics, outpatient health system clinics, psychiatry clinics, FQHCs, CSBs, BHAs, local health department clinics, and physician offices. The practitioner shall be contracted by DMAS or its contractor or an MCO to perform OBAT services. OBAT services shall meet the criteria established in this section.

B. OBAT service components.

1. Access to emergency medical and psychiatric care.

2. Affiliations with more intensive levels of care such as intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs to which individuals can be referred when clinically indicated.

3. Individualized, patient-centered multidimensional assessment and treatment.

4. Assessing, ordering, administering, reassessing, and regulating medication and dose levels appropriate to the individual; supervising withdrawal management from opioid analgesics and other substances; and overseeing and facilitating access to appropriate treatment for substance use disorder.

5. Medication for other physical and mental health disorders shall be provided as needed either onsite or through collaboration with other providers.

6. Assurance that medications for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder are only dispensed onsite during the induction phase. After the induction phase, medications shall be prescribed to the member.

7. Assurance that buprenorphine monoproduct is only prescribed in accordance with Board of Medicine rules related to the prescribing of buprenorphine for addiction.

8. Cognitive, behavioral, and other substance use disorder-focused counseling and psychotherapies, reflecting a variety of treatment approaches, shall be provided to the individual on an individual, group, or family basis and shall be provided by CATPs working in collaboration with the buprenorphine-waivered practitioner. These therapies can be provided via telemedicine as long as they meet DMAS requirements for an OBAT and for the use of telemedicine. Preferred OBATs may utilize CSACs and CSAC-supervisees to provide substance use disorder counseling and psychoeducational services within their scope of practice as defined in § 54.1-3507.1 of the Code of Virginia.

9. Substance use care coordination provided, including interdisciplinary care planning between the buprenorphine-waivered practitioner and the treatment team to develop and monitor individualized and personalized treatment plans focused on the best outcomes for the individual. This care coordination includes monitoring individual progress, tracking individual outcomes, linking the individual with community resources to facilitate referrals and respond to social service needs, and tracking and supporting the individual's medical, behavioral health, or social services received outside the practice.

10. Provision of onsite screening or referral for screening for clinically indicated infectious disease testing for diseases such as HIV; hepatitis A, B, and C; syphilis; and tuberculosis at treatment initiation and then at least annually or more often based on risk factors and the ability to provide or refer for treatment of infectious diseases as necessary.

11. Onsite medication administration treatment during the induction phase, which shall be provided by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse.

12. Ability to provide pregnancy testing for women of childbearing age.

13. For individuals of childbearing age, the ability to provide family planning services or to refer the individual for family planning services.

C. OBAT staff requirements.

1. Buprenorphine-waivered practitioners are required.

2. CATPs are required and shall work in collaboration with the buprenorphine-waivered practitioner. This collaboration can be in person or via telemedicine as long as it meets the department's requirements for the OBAT setting and for telemedicine. CSACs, CSAC-supervisees, and CSAC-As are also recognized in the preferred OBAT setting as well as registered peer recovery specialists. A registered peer recovery specialist shall meet the definition in § 54.1-3500 of the Code of Virginia.

D. OBAT risk management shall be documented in each individual's record and shall include:

1. Random drug screening, using either urine or blood serums, for all individuals, conducted at a minimum of eight times per year. Drug screenings include presumptive and definitive screenings and shall be accurately interpreted. Definitive screenings shall only be utilized when clinically indicated. Outcomes of the drug screening shall be used to support positive patient outcomes and recovery.

2. A check of the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program prior to initiation of buprenorphine products or naltrexone products and at least quarterly for all individuals thereafter.

3. Prescription of naloxone.

4. Overdose prevention education, including the purpose of and the administration of naloxone and the impact of polysubstance use. Education shall include discussion of the role of medication assisted treatment and the opportunity to reduce harm associated with polysubstance use. The goal is to help individuals remain in treatment to reduce the risk for harm.

5. Periodic monitoring of unused medication and opened medication wrapper counts when clinically indicated.

6. Clinically indicated infectious disease testing for diseases such as HIV; hepatitis A, B, and C; syphilis; and tuberculosis at treatment initiation and then annually or more frequently, depending on the clinical scenario and the patient's risk. Those individuals who test positive shall be treated either onsite or through referral.

7. For individuals without immunity to the hepatitis B virus, vaccination either onsite or through referral.

8. For patients without HIV infection, pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection shall be offered either onsite or through referral.

9. Women of child-bearing age shall be tested for pregnancy and shall be offered contraceptive services either onsite or through referral.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2017; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 11, eff. March 5, 2020; Volume 39, Issue 5, eff. December 8, 2022.

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