Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Investment Opportunity

Overview

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The goal of the Mother and Infant-Focused Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Interventions is to contribute the Commonwealth’s nation-leading efforts to address the opioid epidemic by supporting enhanced care and treatment for mothers and infants impacted by opioid use. Eligible applicants and their partners proposed interventions designed to improve care for infants with NAS and for women in treatment for opioid use disorder during and after pregnancy.

NAS Initiative Summary

What are the Mother and Infant-Focused Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Interventions?

The NAS Interventions are an initiative for eligible birthing hospitals in Massachusetts to develop and/or enhance programs designed to improve care for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and for women in treatment for opioid use disorder during and after pregnancy.

The goals of this Investment Opportunity are to:

  1. Test a fully integrated model of postnatal supports for families with infants diagnosed with NAS, integrating obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, primary care, behavioral health, social work, and early intervention programming to provide full family care in the hospital and the community after discharge
  2. Increase use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder for women during and after pregnancy
  3. Demonstrate that cost-savings and quality improvement are achievable together through an integrated delivery model to care for infants with NAS and their family unit

What does this Investment Opportunity Fund?

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The HPC anticipates making up to $3,500,000 available for this Investment Opportunity. There are two categories of funding:

Category A  

Inpatient quality improvement bundle
("delivery to discharge")

Up to $500,00 is available for one
or two awards of up to $250,00 each
Category B

Inpatient quality improvement bundle
("delivery to discharge") and an 
extension of the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health (DPH)
"Moms Do Car" initiative. Click here
to learn more about the "Moms do Care" initiative. 

Up to 3,000,000 is available for up to three category B awards of no more than $1,000,000 each

Who is eligible to apply?

­Eligibility for the NAS Investment Opportunity is established through criteria specified by Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015 and pursuant of M.G.L. c. 29, 2GGGG; 958 CMR 5.00 from the Distressed Hospital Trust Fund (for Applicants eligible for the CHART Investment Program. Non-CHART Birthing Hospitals (Category A) are eligible entities and CHART Birthing Hospitals (Category B) are eligible entities.

NAS RFP Information

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Investment Opportunity Applicant Names and Proposed Award Caps

Applicant Name

 Proposed Award Cap 

Baystate Medical Center 

 $249,778

Boston Medical Center 

$248,976

UMass Memorial Medical Center 

 $249,992

Lahey Health 

$1,000,000

Lawrence General 

$250,000

Lowell General

$999,032

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