• Applicable to all states except NC

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) - Chapter 6, 2020 UnitedHealthcare Administrative Guide

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications for OUD including Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naltrexone.

To prescribe Buprenorphine, you must complete the waiver through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and obtain a unique identification number from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

As s medical care provider, you may provide MAT services even if you don’t offer counseling or behavioral health therapy in-house. However, you must refer your patients to a qualified care provider for those services. If you need help finding a behavioral health provider, call the number on the back of the member’s health plan ID card or search for a behavioral health professional on liveandworkwell.com.

To find a medical MAT provider in a state:

  1. Go to UHCprovider.com
  2.  Select “Find a Care Provider” from the menu on the home page
  3. Select “Search for Care Providers in the General UnitedHealthcare Plan Directory”
  4. Click on “Medical Directory”
  5. Choose a type of plan
  6. Select applicable plan
  7. Refine the search by typing “Medication Assisted Treatment” in the search bar

For more SAMHSA waiver information:

Physicians- samha.gov

Nurse Practitioners (NPS) and Physician Assistants (PAs)

If you have questions about MAT, please call Provider Services at 877-842-3210, enter your Tax Identification Number (TIN), then say ‘Representative’, then ‘Representative’ a second time, then ‘Something Else’ to speak to a representative.