On June 1, 2016, Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) implemented a new Quantity Limit for Immediate Release Opioids.
The PHC Managing Pain Safely Initiative is working to improve the health of PHC members by ensuring that prescribed opioids are for appropriate indications, at safe doses, and in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
Based on this research and findings, PHC is working with our communities to increase awareness of the importance of safe prescribing of opioid medicine (for example Morphine, Hydrocodone, Methadone, OxyContin, and others).
Our overall goal is to assist clinicians in our network prescribe opioids safely and appropriately. If you would like more information on PHC’s approach to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, please read Managing Pain Safely: Multiple Interventions to Dramatically Reduce Opioid Overuse.
Currently, PHC has observed a 79 percent decrease plan-wide for members on unsafe dose opioids (>120 MED) per 100 members per month since the project induction (January 2014 - December 2016).