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November 18, 2022

MODRN Publishes Findings of NIDA-Funded Research Project

The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) has recently published several journal articles discussing the findings of its multi-state research project titled Examining the Quality of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in a Medicaid Research Network that assessed opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment quality and outcomes in Medicaid. The purpose of the assessment is to inform policy decisions on coverage and payment for Medicaid evidence-based OUD treatments. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), researchers from The Hilltop Institute (representing Maryland) and eight other state/university partnerships—Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—used the MODRN model to conduct the research. Hilltop Senior Policy Analyst Shamis Mohamoud, MA, is Hilltop’s lead analyst on the project and is a co-author of the publications.

So far, six journal articles have been published:

Outpatient Follow-Up and Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder after Residential Treatment among Medicaid Enrollees in 10 States

Association of Polysubstance Use Disorder with Treatment Quality among Medicaid Beneficiaries with Opioid Use Disorder

Design, Implementation, and Evolution of the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network

Duration of Medication Treatment for Opioid-Use Disorder and Risk of Overdose among Medicaid Enrollees in Eleven States: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Follow-Up after ED Visits for Opioid Use Disorder: Do They Reduce Future Overdoses?

Use of Medications for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder among US Medicaid Enrollees in 11 States, 2014-2018

MODRN, developed by members of the State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN), led by the University of Pittsburgh, and hosted by AcademyHealth, facilitates efficient, data-driven, cross-state comparisons of Medicaid initiatives to advance policymaking. The distributed research network model enables high-quality analyses of multiple states’ Medicaid administrative data without the need to share sensitive person-level data across states. Under MODRN, each state-university partnership adopts a common data model, contributes to a common analytic plan, and conducts analyses locally on its own Medicaid data using standardized code. Findings are aggregated and shared across states.