The SBIRT measure, or Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referal to Treatment, measures the percentage of adult patients (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.
The percentage of adult patients (ages 18 and older) who had screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment (when appropriate) for alcohol or other substance abuse is a measurement where improvement is still needed across all CCOs. Providers are continuing to learn more about this measure and how to include screening in their daily practice and billing processes.
In 2011, the baseline was 0.0% for this new measure. In 2013, the statewide rate rose to 2.0%, a marked increase. Three CCOs met their improvement target, but much improvement is still possible.