Drugs, Diseases and the Managed Care Impact
Contact Hours: 1.5 | Activity Type: Knowledge-based | ACPE UAN: 0233-0000-18-070-L04-P
Utilization of behavioral health medications in the pediatric population has increased in recent years, a trend that has generated major concern given the limited supporting evidence of efficacy in these patients and potential for significant adverse reactions. Many state Medicaid programs have implemented utilization management tools or other interventions as a way to provide oversight and monitoring of behavioral health medication prescribing practices. Despite a number of programs that have addressed pediatric use of behavioral health medications, there is limited publically available evidence to show if these programs have affected prescribing patterns or other outcomes.
This session will review literature used to guide behavioral health medication utilization in children. It will also describe a Medicaid program’s collaboration with multiple state agencies in the development of an interdisciplinary management initiative focused on pediatric behavioral health. Faculty will present pharmacy claims trends prior to and post implementation of the program to examine the effects of the management interventions.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to: