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-- An integrated approach helps prevent misuse, improve addiction treatment, and reduce medical costs --
HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Abuse of prescription painkillers, known as opioids, is a widespread and growing problem in the United States. The epidemic adds billions of dollars to health care, work place and criminal justice costs each year. Aetna (NYSE: AET) is helping to reverse this rising trend with integrated pharmacy, behavioral health and medical programs. The programs connect health care providers and give members seamless access to the right support – mind and body – to fight addiction, while saving millions of dollars in health care.
“Every case of prescription drug abuse and every member differs. Aetna’s clinical experts and data systems work to address the multiple ways abuse can start and continue. Our programs have proven to help members prevent physical and emotional harm and slow the unfortunate costs that come with opioid abuse,” said Ed Pezalla, M.D., national medical director for pharmacy policy and strategy.
Innovative Prevention and Treatment Programs
Aetna’s pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and pain specialists work together across pharmacy and medical benefit plans to help safeguard access to opioids, identify members at risk, and provide the appropriate levels of support to fight opioid addiction.
Members are eligible for the programs based on their enrollment in self-insured or fully-insured Aetna medical, pharmacy and/or behavioral health benefits.
* HMO fully insured commercial business excluding Suboxone®, Subutex and buprenorphine
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.