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:
- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- American Pain Society
- Florida Department of Health – Take Control of Controlled Substances