Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses the percentage of adolescents and adults with a new episode of alcohol or other drug (AOD) dependence who received the following care.
Initiation of AOD Treatment: Adolescents and adults who initiate treatment through an inpatient AOD admission, outpatient visit, intensive outpatient encounter or partial hospitalization within 14 days of the diagnosis.
Engagement of AOD Treatment: Adolescents and adults who initiated treatment and who had two or more additional services with a diagnosis of AOD within 30 days of the initiation visit.
AOD dependence is common across many age groups and a cause of morbidity, mortality and decreased productivity. There is strong evidence that treatment for AOD dependence can improve health, productivity and social outcomes, and can save millions of dollars on health care and related costs.