WellCare, Kentucky's primary Medicaid insurer, launched a program to tackle pharmacy shopping, a tactic among opioid abusers who use multiple pharmacies for the same painkiller drugs.
The goal is to make it easier for federal prosecutors to go after people who peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis.
A group of pharmacies, PBMs and health plans pledged to support the federal government and states in clamping down on behaviors that have allowed opioid abuse to swell into a national epidemic, including recommendations to enforce seven-day prescriptions and e-prescribing.
While President Donald Trump's opioid commission made several recommendations Wednesday that highlighted the need for greater treatment access, the final report didn't address the insurance and cost issues that affect recovery.
A major healthcare system serving the upper Midwest said this week that the number of opioid pills it prescribes has fallen by almost a quarter as it works to respond to America's opioid epidemic.
Experts call for healthcare providers to use a more holistic approach when trying to address substance use disorder in patients.
President Donald Trump's plan to address the opioid epidemic was a rehash of old ideas, patient advocates and providers say.
Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor resigned his seat on the company's board of directors on Sunday, just days after he was arrested on charges involving a doctor bribery scheme.
President Donald Trump's opioid commission is set to wrap up nearly seven months of work with the release of its final set of recommendations Nov. 1.
President Trump formally declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, but patient advocates and providers say a lack of new funding does nothing to help stem the impact of the epidemic.
The FDA is drafting guidance that it hopes will lead to more medication-assisted treatments for opioid abuse. But doctors are unsure if the effort will work.
Intermountain Healthcare CEO Dr. Marc Harrison says that with nearly 100 people dying every day from opioid abuse, it's time for medical institutions and individuals to take additional action and boldly address the epidemic.