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Integrated Care Improves Outcomes for Opioid Use Disorder in West Virginia

May 2024
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Elevance Health’s affiliated Medicaid managed care plan in West Virginia reduced rates of overdose, self-harm, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) for members with opioid use disorder (OUD) through integration of behavioral and physical healthcare. 

West Virginia experiences higher rates of OUD and NAS compared to the national average. Medicaid members, in particular, experience higher prevalence of OUD and often face challenges in accessing healthcare, such as limited transportation. Integration of physical and behavioral healthcare is one strategy to improve access for these individuals. 

This brief showcases how the plan’s integrated healthcare strategy has effectively reduced overdoses by 33%, self-harm incidence by 62% and NAS rates by 82% from July 2019 through April 2023 among Medicaid beneficiaries with OUD. Additionally highlighted is the plan's innovative approach to direct member services and successful partnerships to advance integrated care in West Virginia.


  • Behavioral and Physical Health
  • Integrated Care in West Virginia
  • Results
  • Policy Considerations

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