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Published: July 14, 2016

HHS tackles opioid epidemic

July 9, 2016 - Curant Health COO, Marc O'Connor, featured in Managed Healthcare Executive - HHS is taking formal steps to address opioid addiction, a widely recognized national public health crisis.

These steps include expanding access to buprenorphine—a drug used to treat opioid addiction—a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and a requirement for Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain, according to an HHS press release. HHS is also launching over a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs.

To read Marc’s insights, visit Managed Healthcare Executive.

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