- Limiting the quantity and day supply of addictive substances. An initial fill of a prescription for one of these medications will be limited to a 5-day supply. Additional fills will be limited to no more than a 30-day supply, but will not apply to members with a cancer diagnosis or who are terminally ill.
- Working directly with doctors to coordinate care to reduce opioid abuse and overdose from prescriptions for controlled substances from multiple doctors without their shared knowledge of prescriptions from others.
- Creation of the Opioids Provider Toolkit, which provides physician organizations links to best practices and resources, tips to safely manage pain, and information on available data and resources on opioid use.
- Development of awareness programs about deadly drug interactions from certain regimens with no legitimate medical rationale.
- Coordination of drug usage reviews and research to alert physicians before patients take a combination of opioids and other medications that can lead to fatal overdose. After six months of working with doctors, we’ve seen a nearly 51 percent reduction in Blue Cross members taking both opioid and benzodiazepine drugs.
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May 31, 2018 at 4:43pm
It is very nice to see BCBSM actively promoting ways to combat the opioid epidemic. I am an RN and have concerns about people who have chronic pain and the ability to obtain pain medication as they need it. I read the initiatives above, but think there are some holes that need to be addressed. I also am wondering if BCBSM is also promoting alternative ways to manage pain and are these alternatives being considered to be covered under insurance?