Maryland proposes changes to Medicaid payments to methadone clinics

December 31, 2015

The state of Maryland is proposing changes to how its Medicaid system pays methadone treatment clinics. Currently, the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stipulates that Medicaid pay methadone clinics $80 per patient per week, in a bundled payment meant to cover both the administering of methadone and counseling services for recovering addicts. The suggested change would result in Medicaid paying $42 per patient, per week for their methadone treatment, with reimbursement for counseling services left more open-ended.