Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is partnering with axialHealthcare, a national leader in pain management, to collaborate with Alabama physicians to help curb the opioid epidemic.
In 2015, Alabama ranked first in the nation in number of opioid scripts per capita. The recent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's report on the opioid epidemic showed over 26 percent of its commercial members in Alabama filled at least one opioid prescription in 2015, and 16 per 1,000 members were diagnosed with opioid use disorder in 2016.
"By working in conjunction with our physicians and axialHealthcare, Blue Cross intends to reduce opioid misuse by giving our physicians resources and tools that encourage appropriate prescribing protocols," said Anne Schmidt, MD, Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.
This new program aims to support Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama providers by giving a more comprehensive view of a patient's medical history, providing ongoing consultation with axial's team of pharmacists, increasing awareness of prescribing behaviors and the latest evidence-based guidelines, and sharing resources and educational tools to support appropriate prescribing protocols.