Is your benefits team concerned about opioid abuse? This case study details how one Artemis Health client found signs of opioid abuse in their benefits data.
How do employers find those whose care needs aren’t being met? In this case study, we’ll take a look at how one employer used the Artemis Platform to find and support those suffering from opioid abuse.
Artemis Health helped one customer identify signs of opioid abuse in their population. They wanted to see how many members might be “ doctor shopping,” or seeking prescriptions from multiple providers. They also wanted to see if some office locations were more prone to opioid abuse than others.
Patients use opioids safely and legitimately for pain management, but how do you track opioid abuse, not just normal use?
This is where experts weigh in. Artemis Health Chief Clinical Officer Rance Hutchings, Pharm.D., helped our team analyze the “morphine milligram equivalent” dosages of patients being prescribed opioids. This helps us determine which de-identified members are at risk for addiction and overdose.
The Artemis Platform integrates data from multiple feeds and allows users to see results with clear visualizations. This is unique in the industry. For this client, we looked at prescription claims data from multiple angles to get a sense for the scope of opioid abuse in their population.
The findings showed that this employee population includes hundreds of people (daily average over 90 MME) who could benefit from a pain management program or doctor. While only 15 members in this data were shown to be doctor shopping or pharmacy shopping, the vast majority are using just one of the company’s health plan options.
Armed with this information, the employer is changing their plan design. They are looking at three main changes: