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    Use population health to fight substance abuse: Tips for MCOs


    How population health data can help

    “The College strongly urges prescribers and dispensers to check PDMPs in their own and neighboring states (as permitted) before writing and filling prescriptions for medications containing controlled substances,” the report states. “All PDMPs should maintain strong protections to assure confidentiality and privacy. Efforts should be made to facilitate the use of PDMPs, such as by linking information with electronic medical records and permitting other members of the health care team to consult PDMPs.”

    Damle says that managed care organizations and health plans can continue to educate staff on all levels about substance use disorders. Physicians should be encouraged to take continuing medical education courses in evidence-based prescribing and medication-assisted therapy, Damle says.

    “They can identify patients at risk, those using controlled substances, provide a network of caregivers in the mental health and primary care community and integrate the care delivery,” Damle says. “They can analyze population-based data on use of services and prescriptions written, and track them over time.”






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