DynamiCare Health, a national digital addiction treatment program for alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs, announced the first-ever randomized controlled trial to evaluate a digital care program using motivational incentives for alcohol addiction in a Medicaid population. In September 2020, DynamiCare began recruiting for a study to test the program’s clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness with 300 Vermont Medicaid members. The study will be conducted in partnership with RAND Corporation. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded DynamiCare $1.6 million to fund the study.
This study is funded by the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant. The grant was secured with the support of the State of Vermont’s Department of Vermont Health Access and Department of Health. For the study, DynamiCare’s digital care program will become accessible to the state’s Medicaid population. The goal is to increase retention in treatment and alcohol abstinence.
DynamiCare’s digital care program integrates a smartphone app with breathalyzer tests verified by selfie video, a smart debit card that blocks harmful spending, and weekly video calls with a certified recovery coach to drive healthy motivation and accountability. The program uses motivational incentives, an evidence-based intervention that offers financial rewards for healthy behavior. In a prior study, DynamiCare was found to double the rate of verified abstinence in an outpatient alcohol use disorder clinic.
This was reported by DynamiCare Health on August 10, 2020.
Contact information: Alexandra Plante, Communications, DynamiCare Health, 6 Liberty Square, Suite #2102, Boston, MA 02109; 855-539-6264 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.dynamicarehealth.com