Tackling the Opioid Epidemic and Addiction Treatment: A Managed Care Approach

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-17-018-H04-P

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Expiration Date:  March 28, 2020

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:  1.25

Activity Fee:  Member:  Free        Non-Member: $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity overview

Overdose deaths involving opioid pain medications have reached epidemic levels in the United States. These deaths are in part due to the high prescribing of opioids by providers, and high abuse by patients. Since 2013, Medicare Part D plans have been required to implement an overutilization-monitoring program for opioids to ensure their appropriate utilization. Payers have implemented such programs, and continue to work collaboratively with other members of the health care team to balance pain management with appropriate drug therapy. Organizations, such as the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, have also convened stakeholders and advisory groups in an effort to enhance access to substance abuse treatment and decreasing opioid-related deaths.  This timely session will highlight an innovative, multidisciplinary team approach used by a Medicaid program to manage opioids with clinically important interventions at the prescriber level, and will delve into some of the preliminary outcomes seen from this program. In addition, this session will summarize the recommendations and supporting evidence from the AMCP Addiction Treatment Advisory Group on enhancing substance abuse treatment in managed care organizations.

Learning Objectives:  

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Discuss payer strategies used to address the utilization of opioids.

2. Identify the limitations of traditional utilization management strategies in addressing opioid 

3. Describe the impact of a multidisciplinary approach used to drive appropriate pain management and decrease inappropriate opioid prescribing.

4. Summarize the AMCP Addiction Treatment Advisory Group recommendations for managed care pharmacy on enhancing access of substance abuse treatment.

Schedule of Educational Activity

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at the AMCP Annual Meeting 2017. 

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.


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MJ Darby, RN | Vice President of Business Development | Cordant Health Solutions | New York, New York

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-17-018-H04-P 1.25 Contact Hours March 28, 2017 - March 28, 2020