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PCPs, Psychiatrists Much Less Likely to Accept Medicaid

February 6, 2019 - Primary care providers (PCPs) and psychiatrists are among the least likely professionals to accept Medicaid, leaving patients without some of the most fundamental resources for preventing or managing chronic diseases, according to recent data compiled by MACPAC. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission found that only 68 percent of general practice or family physicians...

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Engagement, Data Analytics Cut Opioid Dependency in Managed Care

by Thomas Beaton

AmeriHealth Caritas has successfully reduced opioid dependency rates among managed care beneficiaries through member engagement and data analytics techniques that promote alternatives to opioid treatments. The payer’s Opioid...

Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Back Care Cut Opioid Use, Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Payers could improve outcomes, increase cost-effectiveness, and reduce opioid use for lower back pain by expanding non-pharmacological coverage such as physical therapy and chiropractic care, according to a new study published in JAMA...

IL Payers File Pharma Lawsuit Over Opioid Prescription Costs, Safety

by Thomas Beaton

A coalition of Illinois payers has sued prominent pharmaceutical companies in a lawsuit that argues the companies are responsible for a spike in opioid prescription costs and patient safety risks. The Intergovernmental Risk Management...

PA Expands Access to Medication Assisted Treatment for SUD

by Thomas Beaton

Commercial payers and the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance (PDI) have agreed to increase access to medication-assisted treatments (MAT) and realign prior authorization processes for beneficiaries struggling with substance use disorders...

How Managed Care Payers Can Improve Substance Use Treatment

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers can use data analytics, case management strategies, and patient engagement tools to address the needs of high-risk individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs), states a new report from the Association for Community...

BCBSA Adds Opioid Abuse Accreditation to Treatment Facilities

by Thomas Beaton

The BlueCross BlueShield Association has announced a new accreditation program for opioid abuse treatment centers as a larger part of the organization’s mission to combat the US opioid crisis. In 2013, only 22 percent of treatment...

CMS Offers Opioid Coverage, Health IT Guidance for Medicaid Plans

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued new opioid coverage strategies and health IT guidance to help states improve opioid safety within Medicaid plans. The guidelines include advice for state programs about treating infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome...

AMA Promotes Alternative Payment Model for Opioid-Use Disorder

by Thomas Beaton

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced plans to promote an alternative payment model to address opioid use disorder. Leaders at ASAM and AMA are encouraging payer and...

How Payers Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis, Patient Safety

by Thomas Beaton

Commercial payers leverage community financing and engagement techniques to limit patient safety risks related to the nation’s opioid crisis. Payers find that contributing information to datasets can help stakeholders detect opioid...


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