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7.16.2012 Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug DependenceTreatment In the Initiation of AOD Treatment indicator, the third paragraph states that if the Index Episode was an outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, detoxification or ED visit, the member must have an inpatient admission, outpatient visit, intensive outpatient encounter or partial hospitalization with an AOD diagnosis, within 14 days of the IESD (inclusive). What does "inclusive" mean?

"Inclusive" means the IESD is day 1 in the 14-day count for the Initiation of AOD Treatment indicator. The time frame for initiation is the IESD and the next 13 days, for a total of 14 days. For example, if a members IESD was an outpatient visit on August 1, the initiation visit must occur on or between August 1 through August 14.

HEDIS 2013