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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
8/9/2022

12VAC30-130-5140. Covered services: medically monitored intensive inpatient services (adult) and medically monitored high intensity inpatient services (adolescent)....

A. Medically monitored intensive inpatient services (adult) and medically monitored high intensity inpatient services (adolescent) (ASAM Level 3.7) settings for services. The facility-based provider of ASAM Level 3.7 services shall be licensed by DBHDS as (i) a freestanding psychiatric hospital or inpatient psychiatric unit with a DBHDS medical detoxification license or managed withdrawal license; (ii) a residential crisis stabilization unit with a DBHDS medical detoxification license or managed withdrawal license; (iii) a substance abuse residential treatment service for women with children with a DBHDS managed withdrawal license; (iv) a Level C (psychiatric residential treatment facility) provider; (v) a "mental health residential-children" provider with a substance abuse residential license and a DBHDS managed withdrawal license; (vi) a "managed withdrawal-medical detox adult residential treatment" provider; or (vii) a "medical detox-chemical dependency unit" for adults and shall be contracted by DMAS or its contractor or the MCO. ASAM Level 3.7 providers shall meet the service components and staff requirements in this section.

B. Medically monitored intensive inpatient services (adult) and medically monitored high intensity inpatient services (adolescent) (ASAM Level 3.7) service components. The following therapies shall be provided as directed by the ISP for reimbursement:

1. Daily clinical services provided by an interdisciplinary team to involve appropriate medical and nursing services, as well as individual, group, and family activity services. Activities may include pharmacological, including medication assisted treatment that is provided onsite or through referral; withdrawal management; cognitive-behavioral; and other psychotherapies and substance use disorder counseling administered on an individual or group basis and modified to meet the individual's level of understanding and assist in the individual's recovery.

2. Counseling and clinical monitoring to facilitate re-involvement in regular productive daily activities and successful re-integration into family living if applicable.

3. Psychoeducational activities.

4. Random drug screens to monitor use and strengthen recovery and treatment gains.

5. Regular medication monitoring.

6. Planned clinical activities to enhance understanding of substance use disorders.

7. Health education associated with the course of addiction and other potential health related risk factors, including tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and C, and other sexually transmitted infections.

8. Evidence based practices, such as motivational interviewing to address an individual's readiness to change, designed to facilitate understanding of the relationship of the substance use disorder and life impacts.

9. Daily treatments to manage acute symptoms of biomedical substance use or mental illness.

10. Services to family and significant others as appropriate to advance the individual's treatment goals and objectives identified in the ISP.

11. Physician monitoring, nursing care, and observation shall be available. A physician shall be available to assess the individual in person or via telemedicine within 24 hours of admission and thereafter as medically necessary.

12. A licensed and registered nurse who shall conduct an alcohol or other drug-focused nursing assessment upon admission. A licensed registered nurse or licensed practical nurse shall be responsible for monitoring the individual's progress and for medication administration duties.

13. Additional medical specialty consultation; psychological, laboratory, and toxicology services shall be available onsite, either through consultation or referral.

14. Coordination of necessary services shall be available onsite or through referral to a closely coordinated offsite provider to transition the individual to lower levels of care.

15. Psychiatric services shall be available onsite or through consultation or referral to a closely coordinated offsite provider when a presenting problem could be attended to at a later time. Such services shall be available within eight hours of requested service by telephone or within 24 hours of requested service in person or via telemedicine.

C. Medically monitored intensive inpatient services (adult) and medically monitored high intensity inpatient services (adolescent) (ASAM Level 3.7) staff requirements.

1. The interdisciplinary team shall include CATPs and addiction-credentialed physicians or physicians with experience in addiction medicine to assess, treat, and obtain and interpret information regarding the individual's psychiatric and substance use disorders. Physicians and physician extenders who are either employed by or contracted with the agency or through referral arrangements with the agency and who shall have a DEA-X number for prescribing buprenorphine. ASAM Level 3.7 may utilize CSACs or CSAC-supervisees to provide substance use disorder counseling and psychoeducational services within their scopes of practice as defined in § 54.1-3507.1 of the Code of Virginia.

2. Clinical staff shall be knowledgeable about the biological and psychosocial dimensions of substance use disorders and mental illnesses and their treatment. Clinical staff shall be able to identify acute psychiatric conditions, symptom increase or escalation, and decompensation.

3. Clinical staff shall be able to provide a planned regimen of 24-hour professionally directed evaluation, care, and treatment, including the administration of prescribed medications.

4. An addiction-credentialed physician or physician with experience in addiction medicine shall oversee the treatment process and assure quality of care. Licensed physicians shall perform physical examinations for all individuals who are admitted. Staff shall supervise addiction pharmacotherapy integrated with psychosocial therapies. The professional may be a physician or a psychiatrist, or a physician extender as defined in 12VAC30-130-5020 if knowledgeable about addiction treatment.

D. Medically monitored intensive inpatient services (adult) and medically monitored high intensity inpatient services (adolescent) (ASAM Level 3.7) co-occurring enhanced programs as required by ASAM.

1. Appropriate psychiatric services, medication evaluation, and laboratory services shall be available.

2. A psychiatrist assessment of the individual shall occur within four hours of admission by telephone and within 24 hours following admission in person or via telemedicine, or sooner, as appropriate to the individual's behavioral health condition, and thereafter as medically necessary.

3. A behavioral health-focused assessment at the time of admission shall be performed by a registered nurse or licensed mental health clinician. A licensed registered nurse or licensed practical nurse supervised by a registered nurse shall be responsible for monitoring the individual's progress and administering or monitoring the individual's self-administration of medications.

4. Psychiatrists and CATPs who are able to assess and treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders and who have specialized training in the behavior management techniques and evidenced-based practices shall be available.

5. Access to an addiction-credentialed physician shall be available along with access to either a psychiatrist, a certified addiction psychiatrist, or a psychiatrist with experience in addiction medicine.

6. CATPs shall have experience and training in addiction and mental health to understand the signs and symptoms of mental illness and be able to provide education to the individual on the interaction of substance use and psychotropic medications.

7. Planned clinical activities shall be offered and designed to promote stabilization and maintenance of the individual's behavioral health needs, recovery, and psychiatric symptoms.

8. Medication education and management shall be offered.

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.

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