- 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 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 BZD drugs.
- Limiting opioid prescriptions to a 30-day supply, and restricting short-acting opioids to five days on initial prescriptions.
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Feb 23, 2018 at 2:22am
Hi April, If you have any questions about your coverage, we’d be happy to assist. Provide some additional details here, http://miblues.co/1Bb6oI4, and a member of our team will reach out to you directly. Thanks, Taylar
Feb 22, 2018 at 1:02pm
Does the policy for the change in quantities that are able to be prescribed go into effect on 2/1/18?
Dec 28, 2017 at 2:03am
Hi Rachel, Thanks for reaching out. The statistic referenced in this post also came from the CDC and is related to the number of deaths per day related to opioid overdoses in the US in 2015. You can read the findings we referenced here: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html Let us know if you have any other questions. Best, Taylar
Dec 27, 2017 at 5:15pm
I'm doing a lot of work on prescription drug abuse prevention in Montana this year. Being both from Michigan and in this field, as well as a client of BCBS of MI, hearing this makes me so happy. Thank you for putting the safety of Americans at the forefront of your work. I do have one question, though. I have seen CDC data that says that 144 people die nationally on a daily basis from opioid overdose, so I was wondering where you got the 91 statistic. Thank you for your help!