addiction

Program uses provider, patient incentives to fight opioid epidemicProviders are coming up short when it comes to HEDIS measures related to substance abuse. Here’s how one health plan is changing that.
Express Scripts Limits Opioid Prescriptions
Express Scripts Limits Opioid PrescriptionsThe PBM giant is cutting down on the number of opioids new patients can buy.
Fourteen things Trump needs to know about opioidsAs President Trump promises fight the opioid epidemic, here are 14 things experts want him to know.
Reader Response
Reader ResponseA Letter to the Editor about our recent article on opioid addiction.
Why addiction change shouldn’t come from DCAction on substance misuse is too important to leave to politicians.
Mental health: The secret sauce to healthcare reformMental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy talks to Managed Healthcare Executive about reform, mental health equity, and how payers can help integrate care in mental health.
P4P programs feasible in addiction settingsAlcohol and drug dependency treatment goals can tied to an insurer’s pay-for-performance incentive program. Here’s how.
How to help adult children of alcoholic parentsWhat would make pediatricians wonder if a parent in their office might be “an adult child of an alcoholic parent?” The following case could be viewed as representative.
Opioids: A pediatric epidemicOpioid use is now a significant problem for the pediatrician and the families served in pediatric practices. Whereas patients with a prior history of drug use, misuse, or suspicions of drug misuse have long been studied, monitored, screened, and treated for adverse outcomes, opioid-naïve patients with legitimate medical reasons for opioid prescriptions may represent a greater risk for opioid complications.
Treatment of opioid use disorderAs problems with opioid use and abuse in the United States increasingly emerge to create what is being called a public health epidemic, clinicians are facing the great challenge of trying to provide optimal pain management for their patients while being mindful of the potential deleterious effects of the highly addictive opioids.