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Study shows savings with IDDT

Participants in Ohio IDDT programs realized over $1 million savings in service costs

A study of behavior healthcare claims data in Ohio found that Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment helped save $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Identified as an evidence-based practice by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, IDDT calls for mental health and substance abuse treatment to be delivered at the same place, at the same time, and with the same treatment team.

Researchers tracked the care of the study group participants by developing a code for IDDT within Ohio’s health claims processing system. The IDDT Affiliation Code, entered at the level of the individual receiving care, allowed for services to be tagged across providers and systems. Researchers from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University worked with Ohio mental-health and addictions authorities in developing the code.

Evidence-based practices have generally been identified as effective care. This study suggests that cost savings may also be realized.

Read the entire article at Case Western Reserve University's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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