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Subst Abus. 2019 Mar 25:1-9. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1580239. [Epub ahead of print]

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures of alcohol and drug treatment initiation and engagement among people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and patients without an HIV diagnosis.

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a Research and Evaluation Department , Kaiser Permanente Southern California , Pasadena , California , USA.
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b Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States , Rockville , Maryland , USA.
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c Division of Research , Kaiser Permanente Northern California , Oakland , California , USA.
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d Department of Psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences , University of California , San Francisco , California , USA.
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e Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest , Portland , Oregon , USA.
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f Health Research Institute, Kaiser Permanente Washington , Seattle , Washington , USA.
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g Essentia Institute of Rural Health, Essentia Health , Duluth , Minnesota , USA.
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h Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research and Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health System , Detroit , Michigan , USA.
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i Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado , Aurora , Colorado , USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Problematic use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is highly prevalent among people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (PLWH), and untreated AOD use disorders have particularly detrimental effects on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) outcomes. The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures of treatment initiation and engagement are important benchmarks for access to AOD use disorder treatment. To inform improved patient care, we compared HEDIS measures of AOD use disorder treatment initiation and engagement and health care utilization among PLWH and patients without an HIV diagnosis.

METHODS:

Patients with a new AOD use disorder diagnosis documented between October 1, 2014, and August 15, 2015, were identified using electronic health records (EHR) and insurance claims data from 7 health care systems in the United States. Demographic characteristics, clinical diagnoses, and health care utilization data were also obtained. AOD use disorder treatment initiation and engagement rates were calculated using HEDIS measure criteria. Factors associated with treatment initiation and engagement were examined using multivariable logistic regression models.

RESULTS:

There were 469 PLWH (93% male) and 86,096 patients without an HIV diagnosis (60% male) in the study cohort. AOD use disorder treatment initiation was similar in PLWH and patients without an HIV diagnosis (10% vs. 11%, respectively). Among those who initiated treatment, few engaged in treatment in both groups (9% PLWH vs. 12% patients without an HIV diagnosis). In multivariable analysis, HIV status was not significantly associated with either AOD use disorder treatment initiation or engagement.

CONCLUSIONS:

AOD use disorder treatment initiation and engagement rates were low in both PLWH and patients without an HIV diagnosis. Future studies need to focus on developing strategies to efficiently integrate AOD use disorder treatment with medical care for HIV.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol and other drugs; HEDIS; HIV; engagement; treatment initiation

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