As Congress debates a raft of opioids bills, nonprofit community health plans are collaborating on initiatives to address the opioid epidemic nationwide.
In Texas, Scott & White Health Plan limits initial prescriptions for short-acting opioids to seven days. Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System installed medication disposal boxes at several retail locations. And in Minnesota, a grant from UCare enables Hennepin County Medical Center to embed licensed drug and alcohol counselors in the emergency department to help get people into treatment more quickly.
The work of ACHP plans in response to the epidemic is detailed in this op-ed in Morning Consult.
ACHP’s nonprofit, community health plans will continue to collaborate with community partners, implement locally-based solutions and work toward the collective goal of bringing the opioid epidemic to an end.