Preventing Opioid Misuse: How to Make an Impact

By: AvMed News AvMed News

We can’t reverse the opioid epidemic until we begin to increase the barriers to inappropriate opioid use. AvMed is working to promote access to non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain and ensure that opioids are used appropriately by Members who need them.

AvMed has limited short-acting opioids to a seven (7) day supply for opioid naive Members, and there is now a step through requirement of a short-acting opioid before a long-acting opioid will be authorized.

Our goal is to reduce the number of Members receiving opioid prescriptions from multiple providers and improve access and referrals to Magellan Health’s behavioral health services for members who may benefit from counseling.

We are committed to providing information that is easy to access to assist providers in managing long-term chronic pain patients. By using these tools, providers may improve and optimize patient outcomes. The following resources are available to assist clinicians in managing pain:

For more information, please contact our Provider Services Center at 1-800-452-8633. You can also view our Formulary Preferred Medication List for alternatives.