"BOSTON – Beacon Health Options (Beacon), a national leader in behavioral health management, announced that it has signed an innovative contract with Column Health, a new technology-enabled health care company, to expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Massachusetts. The cornerstone of the contract is a value-based bundled payment structure that promotes high-quality treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), resulting in positive clinical outcomes and reduced administrative burdens for the provider. The bundled payment structure is based on phases of treatment for patients, which creates a continuum of care.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. MAT combines the use of behavioral therapy with medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine, to treat OUD."

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