The SBIRT measure, or Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral 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.
June 2013 - July 2014 data (n=309,902)
Performance on screening for alcohol or other substance misuse (SBIRT) is steadily improving. Screening has improved among all racial and ethnic groups as well as all 16 CCOs between 2013 and June 2014. Providers are continuing to learn more about this measure and how to include screening in their daily practice and billing processes. The metric more than doubled between 2013 and June 2014 (2.0 percent to 4.5 percent), a marked increase but with much improvement still possible
Since SBIRT is based on the number of members receiving an outpatient service; the new ACA population is included in the measure. The mid-year denominator has increased by 100,000 (55 percent increase) compared to 2013, but due to continued quality improvement initiatives and coding, SBIRT screening is higher in 2014.