BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Administrative Services

Medication Assisted Treatment for Chemical Dependency

DESCRIPTION

Chemical dependency/substance abuse is the chronic abuse of alcohol or other drugs characterized by impaired functioning, debilitating physical condition, the inability to reduce or cease consumption of the substance, or the need for daily use of the chemical in order to function.  The term “chemical” includes alcohol and addictive drugs, but does not include caffeine or tobacco.

Medication assisted treatment is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of chemical dependency.  Research shows that when treating chemical dependency, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful.  Medication assisted treatment is clinically driven with a focus on individualized patient care.

POLICY  

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee supports the use of medication assisted treatment for chemical dependency.  To help ensure that members receive the most appropriate level of care for this condition BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee requires the following level of treatment oversight:

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  5/4/2011

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  5/4/2011

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