Studying the collection, management and use of addiction treatment data to help organizations track quality and improve reimbursement

Addiction treatment agencies need to collect and transfer data so that they can bill for services and track quality improvement efforts. Yet many agencies have difficulty accomplishing these tasks. To learn more about the process and capacity needed to collect and transfer data, this project will examine data collection practices among eight treatment agencies in three states. Specifically, the investigators will examine the following related to each agency's admission, discharge, and transfer processes: (1) the data collected and the sources of data used; (2) people responsible for collecting data; (3) process used to collect data; (4) the flow of data elements through the organizations; (5) the processes (e.g., assessment) or systems (e.g., clinical or financial) the data are designed to support; (6) ways data elements are used within systems (e.g., state reporting requirements, process improvement); and (7) agency attributes or barriers that influence agencies' abilities to collect data. Data will be collected during site visits at each agency. Expected project deliverables will include a detailed process map and descriptive analysis of how each agency's procedures impact the process of client admission, discharge, and transfer across levels of care. Results from a cross-agency analysis also will be disseminated in peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations. The investigators will develop a white paper to guide addiction prevention and treatment efforts that involve data collection from treatment agencies.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $160,152.00

Awarded on: 12/20/2006

Time frame: 1/1/2007 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 57582


Dennis McCarty
Project Director


James H. Ford
Project Director