Healthcare Software: Cost Saver and Helps Curtail Opioids Crisis
In times of a challenging economy, the $500 billion per year cost of the opioid crisis is making a dent on the healthcare budget.
The current administration signed a bill Wednesday intended to deal with the nation’s opioid epidemic. During the event in the White House the United States President said that Americans are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in the United States.
The data coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics revised in August 2018 is alarming. Their numbers show that the total overdose deaths involving opioids in 2016 was 42,249 and in 2017 49,068, resulting in a 15% increase in just one year.
To work on this problem and the wide spectrum of issues surrounding this topic, the new legislation has five major provisions:
- Expands comprehensive recovery centers, which has been proven successful in some parts of the country.
- Curbs drug shipments through the coordination between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Postal Service and other entities to stop shipments of fentanyl and other illicit drugs.
- Lifts treatment restrictions to make it easier for doctors to prescribe drugs like Buprenorphine, which help people wean off their opioid addiction.
- Frees the National Institutes of Health to expedite new painkiller research connected with non-addictive drugs for pain.
- Changes Medicare, Medicaid regulations to broaden Medicare coverage for opioid treatment, increase screenings for opioid use disorder and expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of substance use disorders.
At Conexia, we evolved technology solutions and support services that are based on the latest evidence, medical guidelines, and the latest health policies.
For patients struggling with addiction to opioids, we created and implemented alerts in our platform information system aimed at detecting aspects related to poly medication in prescribed patients (when there are 5 or more medications per prescription), medication interactions, quantities, costs and suppliers. These alerts are managed by the client’s medical audit team facilitating actions towards the providers.
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