The Houston-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced a $1.3 million grant to Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending addiction, to launch an addiction treatment rating system.
The grant will enable the New York City-based organization to use healthcare rating best practices to evaluate treatment programs in a select number of states against a standard for evidence-based addiction care developed under the guidance of the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit that measures healthcare performance.
An important component of the effort will be provider surveys and focus groups. Working with RTI International, a nonprofit research institute with experience developing national healthcare quality reports, Shatterproof also will integrate data from insurance claims and consumer experience to help establish the ratings. After publishing the standards, the organization will work with providers to improve the quality of their treatment programs and with policy makers to promote evidence-based treatment.
"If you Google 'opioid addiction treatment centers', you’ll get tens of thousands of results but virtually zero credible information about the quality of care these facilities provide," said LJAF director of public health Erica Brown. "Patients desperately need more information to better manage their health."