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The opioid epidemic is a real concern for health plans and providers. BHM understands the importance of BHI and how data management can be key to helping prevent opioid addiction.
In 2014 more than 14,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses* and the numbers are not decreasing. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and the analysis of patient data, are two ways the healthcare industry is fighting the opioid epidemic.
Using Data to Identify Problems and Trends
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are one way both payers and providers are using data to help prevent opioid abuse. PDMPs are electronic databases that track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.
These databases also give payers and providers access to a patient’s controlled substance use history. This helps not only to identify how suspected of abuse or diversion a patient is, but also how best to proceed with care. Prescription history (including amounts), prescription overlaps, opioid abuse history are just a few of the things you will find in a PDMP.
This important data give providers the power to identify high risk patients. Once a patient is flagged as high risk they can they be enrolled in opioid addiction educational programs and/or wellness program to help prevent abuse.