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Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT)


Aetna® will reimburse you when you screen your patients for alcohol and substance use, provide brief intervention, and refer them to treatment. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice designed to support health care professionals. Overall, the practice aims to improve both the quality of care for patients with alcohol and substance use disorder conditions, as well as outcomes for patients, families and communities.  


Screen and refer your patients 

Use of the SBIRT model is encouraged by the Institute of Medicine recommendation that calls for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including alcohol and substance use. Our participating practitioners who treat patients with Aetna medical benefits can provide this service and be reimbursed. Go to to learn more. 


Get started today 
The SBIRT app is now available as a free download from the iTunes® Store* online store.  

The app provides questions to screen for alcohol, drug and tobacco use. A screening tool is provided to further evaluate the specific substance use. The app also provides steps to complete a brief intervention and/or referral to treatment for the patient, based on motivational interviewing.  


*The iTunes Store is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. 

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