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Peer-support specialists gain funding and ground in Medicaid programs

from Inside Health Policy

Thirty-five state Medicaid programs have expanded to reimburse peer-support specialists since 2001, which experts in the mental and substance abuse fields say is a sea-tide of change that could eventually result in validation and creation of a profession that fits well with accountable care organizations and the push for value-based purchasing. The experts say there is enough data to make the case for a federal program to expand peer support programs, even into the duals demonstrations, and suggest expanding peer specialists' role could be a huge cost saver and a potential add-on to a deficit reduction bill. more

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