Community Health Centers and Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

The 2019 Survey of Community Health Centers was jointly conducted by KFF and the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. The survey was administered in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The survey was fielded from May to July 2019 and was emailed to 1,342 CEOs of federally-funded health centers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) identified in the 2017 Uniform Data System (UDS). The response rate was 38%, with 511 responses from 49 states and DC.

The survey data were weighted using 2017 UDS variables for total health center patients, the percentage of their patients reported as racial/ethnic minorities, and total revenue per patient. Survey findings are presented for all responding health centers and responses were analyzed using chi-squared tests to compare responses between health centers in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. State Medicaid expansion status was assigned as of the survey fielding period. The authors also analyzed responses with a focus on urban and rural differences, but decided to exclude these findings due to relatively few meaningful differences and for brevity.

This brief was prepared by Bradley Corallo and Jennifer Tolbert of KFF and Jessica Sharac, Anne Markus, and Sara Rosenbaum of the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University.

Additional funding support for this brief was provided to the George Washington University by the RCHN Community Health Foundation.

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