In The News – July 12, 2018
The Opioid Epidemic in America: An Update From Blue Cross Blue Shield
“In this report, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), in collaboration with Blue Health Intelligence (BHI), examines opioid prescription rates, opioid use patterns and opioid use disorder among commercially insured Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) members (excluding members diagnosed with cancer or who were undergoing palliative or hospice care). In 2017, BCBSA released a report illustrating the impact of opioid use and opioid use disorder on the health of Americans. This analysis examines progress towards preventing inappropriate prescription opioid use.
While progress has been made, there were 241,900 BCBS members diagnosed with opioid use disorder in 2017. Identifying evidence-based treatment for these members is a priority.
The opioid epidemic remains a critical health crisis in America. This report provides updated data-driven insights on the opioid epidemic.”