Using the SBIRT

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content
May 3rd, 2016

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) can be a valuable resource for all healthcare providers seeking to improve patient outcomes. It's a quick and simple way to identify patients who may have substance abuse related problems and then ensure that they receive appropriate treatment. By identifying these potential problems (current or prior) and intervening, other health related issues can be improved.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is dedicated to addressing substance abuse issues. Their information page on the SBIRT is invaluable for implementing this preventive program. 

According to HHS, using the SBIRT is necessary because:

CLICK HERE to review a powerpoint presentation by HHS which discusses the SBIRT screening and interviewing steps in greater detail.

REIMBURSEMENT: Reimbursement requirements can vary by payer so be aware of these differences. Some may require specific screening tools or codes to meet their medical necessity standards. For example:



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