Aetna Contacts Doctors Who Prescribe High Amounts of Opioids

Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, is contacting doctors who prescribe significantly more opioids than their peers, The Washington Post reports.

The company notified 951 physicians who were identified as falling within the top 1 percent of opioid prescribers within their specialty. The notices were based on an analysis of more than 8.6 million insurance claims. Only physicians who prescribed opioids at least 12 times were included in the data. Oncologists and other doctors who are likely to dispense large amounts of opioids were excluded.

Full story of Aetna doctors prescribing high amounts of opioids at drugfree.org

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