Drugs, Diseases and the Managed Care Impact
Contact Hours: 1.5 | Activity Type: Knowledge-based | ACPE UAN: 0233-0000-18-060-L01-P
There were over 42,000 overdose deaths in the United States related to prescription opioids in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, a reported 12.5 million people in the U.S. misuse prescription opioids, a behavior that predisposes individuals to drug overdose. An evidence-based approach to non-opioid alternatives to treating pain is an essential strategy to pain management. Initiatives promoting pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options to treat pain have shown to reduce opioid utilization, as well as instances of overdose and addiction. Of which, digital health platforms may support through physician engagement, personalized training, and treatment plans for patients. Adoption of these strategies with positive real-world outcomes may allow payers to improve quality of care for patients.
This session will discuss the non-opioid alternatives to pain management and population-scale impact of opioid management initiatives by a large national payer. It will also present real-world outcomes associated with opioid programs and identify best practices for opioid management.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to: