Our country is dealing with an epidemic - the abuse of opiates. While they are medically necessary, the opiate epidemic leads to a death rate equivalent to a 747 crashing once a week. There is an immeasurable cost on society from recovery programs, incarceration, non-productivity, and broader emotional trauma. Early success can be credited to prescriber education and implementation of state-level Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). This blog advocates a cost-effective and highly-effective approach using a shared PDMP with the state of the art in referential matching, real-time behavior analytics, and accurate national data sets indicating fraudulent IDs.
Read another article today about cash-pay doctors and have my own personal experience with a cash-pay primary care physician. Struggling with the challenge of creating a fair system that pays properly for medical care instead of feeding bloated insurance bureaucracies. Self-insured business entities, give a brief glimpse of a way to fundamentally change the way care service is delivered, measured, coordinated, and therefore, purchased.