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Insurance Task Force Gives Recommendations to FIght Opioid Addiction

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By June 11, 2018

A task force of insurers from across the country met under Attorney General Mike DeWine to identify a number of policy recommendations for the industry to follow in regards to this generation’s opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, the task force did not set up strict guidelines and policies to adhere to, but rather released a list of 15 recommendations intended to serve as a guide.  The list was divided into three major themes of prevention, intervention, and treatment. Some on the task force felt this was more appropriate considering that each insurer covers a different region with different needs, which gives more leeway for implementation.

 

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s insurer task force on opioid reduction has released a set of 15 recommendations, but the list sticks to broad concepts rather than digging into specifics.

The recommendations offer general ideas to limit drug supply, identify abuse and improve treatment, but they leave the hard work of developing policies to each insurer individually.

Molina Healthcare medical director Mario San Bartolome believes that’s important, because each provider serves a different population.

“I think that every health plan is going to have kind of a unique group of folks that they serve and so the problems might be slightly different,” San Bartolome says. “So even though these are broad, in some ways, I think the intention is to be able to have somebody look at the specifics that they can do within that particular realm for their particular group.” Click Here to Continue Reading

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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