Prescription Practices/Third Party Payer
The impact of the opioid crisis on our communities is strongly felt by our employers. Issues of hiring adequate numbers of employees, presenteeism and absenteeism, work place safety, and the rising costs of health and workers compensation coverage are all challenges to the employer community. Recognizing that employers are the primary private sector purchasers of health care services in the United States, employer community coalitions have the capacity to bring significant resources and focus to the opioid crisis fight. In the greater Louisville Kentucky area, the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) is a coalition of employer representatives who address health issues. The KHC brings together health care executives, medical directors, and benefit professionals. This group has an initiative specifically focused on the opioid crisis. Using the expertise of these businesses, with input from public health departments, the public health care plans, and other subject matter experts, a unique community approach has been developed.
The goal of this session is for attendees to be able to return to their communities with an increased ability to engage their local employers to positively impact the local opioid crisis. In this session the KHC members will describe the unusually evidence-based, youth-focused community prevention efforts being deployed. The engagement and education of employers around issues of opioid overutilization and addiction, including treatment, will be discussed, including issues of educating around benefit design. The KHC’s opioid tool kit will be presented.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.