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    3 New Initiatives Target Opioid Crisis

    The opioid crisis is still getting worse—so what's being done about it?

     

    Table, Express Scripts solutionStopping Abuse Before it Starts

    Express Scripts’ Advanced Opioid Management solution, launched in September, combines pharmacy rules, pharmacist/physician intervention, and patient education and support. [See Table.] The PBM tested this approach in a pilot program with more than 100,000 members who are new to opioid therapy. It found a 38% reduction in hospitalizations and a 40% decrease in emergency room visits in the intervention group, who received an educational letter, versus a control group during 6 months of follow-up. 

    A subset of the intervention group also received a counseling call from a pharmacist. There was a 19% decrease in length of supply of opioid prescriptions during the follow-up period. 

    “By using data analytics, a specialized care model, fraud, waste and abuse management capabilities, and behavioral science, we will do more to help stop abuse before it starts,” says Glen Stettin, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical, Research and New Solutions for Express Scripts.

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    Mari Edlin
    Mari Edlin is a freelance writer based in Sonoma, California.

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