Using Telehealth to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment in Medi-Cal
November 8, 2018
Center for Connected Health Policy
Telehealth is the use of technology to provide health services, care coordination, and monitoring when a patient and provider are not in the same location. Current literature supports the use of telehealth to provide behavioral therapy, and a small number of studies show that using it for prescribing and management in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) delivers the same kind of results as in-person care.
While there has been great interest in using telehealth to deliver MAT, policy barriers at the federal and state level have impeded its use, especially for Californians seeking MAT services in Medi-Cal.