AHRQ Academy and Westat Release Treatment Access Report for Opioid Use Disorder


Factors that may limit access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural primary care settings are examined in a new report:  Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care:  Environmental Scan. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care and Westat produced the report.

The following three innovative models of care may help overcome a number of the challenges faced when implementing MAT services in rural primary care:

  • Vermont Hub and Spoke model
  • Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes) from New Mexico
  • Office-Based Opioid Treatment with Buprenorphine (OBOT-B) Collaborative Care model from Massachusetts

Peer-reviewed articles and grey literature on implementing MAT for OUD were examined. The second volume of the report includes links and descriptions to nearly 250 tools and resources to support the delivery of MAT in rural primary care settings.

“We believe this report is unique in terms of its particular focus, and the tools and resources that it collects in one document,” notes Westat Vice President and Associate Director Garrett Moran, Ph.D., the project director. “We hope it will prove helpful to those considering implementing MAT in rural primary care, and a useful resource to the AHRQ MAT grantees and others as they work on implementation.”

Learn more about Westat’s work in finding solutions for the rural opioid epidemic.