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Screenings for Alcohol or other Substance Misuse (SBIRT)
Measure Type: Incentive, Performance, Core

Measure description

The SBIRT measure, or Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, measures the percentage of adult members (ages 18 and older) who had appropriate screening and intervention for alcohol or other substance abuse.


Quality improvement focus areas

  • Improving behavioral and physical health coordination



By offering a simple but effective screening for alcohol or drug abuse during an office visit, providers can help patients get the care and information they need to stay healthy. If risky drinking or drug use is detected, a brief intervention, and in some cases referral, helps the patient recover more quickly and avoid serious health problems.


2014 data (n=374,481)

Performance on screening and brief intervention for alcohol or other substance misuse (SBIRT) increased greatly from 2013 to 2014. Statewide, performance improved from 2.0 percent to 7.3 percent, still well below the benchmark of 13.0 percent.

Screening for alcohol or other substance misuse increased across all races and ethnicities. The African/American population saw the greatest increase from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 7.2 percent in 2014. Fifteen CCOs improved their performance in 2014 and 13 met their improvement target or benchmark.

Beginning in 2015, adolescents will be included in this measure.


If you require this information in a different format, please contact the Oregon Health Authority Director's Office, OHA.DirectorsOffice@state.or.us or 503-947-2340.