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Ohio insurers make recommendations to fight opioid epidemic

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A task force representing health insurance companies is recommending that insurers encourage the use of alternative pain treatments and nonopioid medications as one way to help combat the opioid epidemic.

The suggestion is just one of fifteen recommendations made by the Insurer Task Force on Opioid Reduction.

The group, formed last year to foster discussion on how health insurance companies in Ohio alleviate the opioid problem, released its recommendations on Tuesday.

According to a media release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the group’s 15 recommendations focused on ways health insurers could help prevent opioid abuse, better target intervention efforts, and improve treatment of those suffering opioid addiction.

Those recommendations include:

Prevention

Insurers should cover and encourage, where appropriate, the use of both nonopioid pain medications and alternative treatments to manage pain.

Insurers should identify and develop targeted education efforts for prescribers who write a high volume of opioid prescriptions compared to others in their specialty.

Insurers should ensure providers are aware of and follow appropriate opioid prescribing guidelines, which should be more uniform.

Insurers should develop targeted prevention efforts to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions written for adolescents and young adults who are “opioid-naive.”

Insurers should develop education programs aimed at individuals who are receiving their first opioid prescription to make them aware of the risks of long-term opioid use.

Insurers should work together to develop common, easy-to-understand communications strategies to educate the public about the risks of opioids.

Intervention

Insurers should educate prescribers about properly decreasing opioid dosages to reduce patients’ dependence on opioids.

Insurers should create, use, and continually refine programs to reduce the practice of doctor or pharmacy “shopping” by patients who are seeking opioids.

Insurers should use multi-disciplinary teams to coordinate care for members with opioid-use disorder.

Insurers should direct obstetricians and gynecologists to screen pregnant patients for opioid use throughout pregnancy to reduce the serious health risks for infants.

Insurers should accept a standard authorization form for disclosure and use of protected health information to better coordinate care.

Insurers should help government partners to coordinate substance-use treatment for patients preparing to re-enter the community after a period of incarceration.

The General Assembly should amend state statute so that commercial insurance companies have access to prescription information contained in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, the system designed to collect data on outpatient prescriptions for controlled substances.

Treatment

Insurers should eliminate or expedite prior authorizations for accessing Medication Assisted Treatment to reduce the amount of time a patient must wait to receive treatment.

Insurers should increase reimbursement rates to adequately cover the cost of providing substance use disorder treatment.

The task force consists of representatives from Aetna, Anthem Inc., Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Medical Mutual, Molina Healthcare, Ohio Association of Health Plans, Paramount, and United Healthcare. These organizations represent the vast majority of health insurance coverage offered in Ohio.

The task force met five times, received written testimony, and conducted research to formulate the recommendations.

A copy of the report can be found here

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