Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Policy Changes that Need to be Made for FQHCs to Utilize Telehealth to Address the Opioid Crisis

Mei Kwong, Center for Connected Health Policy

Kwong-IIRG-2019-2020
January 01, 2020
June 30, 2020
$52,032

This study is designed to (1) learn more about state and federal barriers that may be inhibiting federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) from using telehealth to deliver medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder; (2) identify best practices from FQHCs that are successfully using telehealth for MAT; (3) identify planned or implemented state and federal strategies to overcome barriers; and (4) draw out lessons and formulate recommendations for operational and/or policy solutions. This work holds the potential to help ensure that remotely-located patients have access to a proven approach to treating opioid use disorder.