CMS Updates SUD Data Book

On Jan. 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published an update to its Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Data Book for Congress. The data book uses 2018 Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data. Notable findings include:

  • Of the 55.9 million Medicaid beneficiaries with full or comprehensive benefits ages 12 and older, 4.6 million (8 percent) were treated for a SUD in 2018.
  • 57 percent of beneficiaries treated for a SUD were diagnosed with tobacco use disorder and 30 percent had an opioid use disorder.
  • Nearly half of beneficiaries (46 percent) treated for a SUD received emergency services (the most common SUD treatment service).
  • 26 percent received at least one service in an outpatient or home- or community-based setting within 30 days of discharge.