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Did you know? We're now offering a free opioid use report to employers in the Puget Sound area. An extension of our COPE (Chronic Opioid Pain and Education) program, the report will help identify high rates of opioid use which can be associated with potential misuse and addiction among employees. 

The first step to fighting the opioid epidemic is identifying the problem so we're providing report as a public service to the local community, which is at the core of what we do at FCH. The confidential data will not only provide insight to our local businesses about how this growing epidemic might be impacting their employees, but it provides a pathway to addressing the crisis head-on.

ELIGIBILITY 

To be eligible to obtain the free report, companies must employ more than 200 people and be located in the greater Puget Sound area. Once initiated, the employer can instruct their pharmacy benefits manager to send the company?s pharmacy claims to First Choice Health. No personally identifiable information will be used, and the report is completely HIPAA-compliant.

SCREENING METRICS

The screening report will use four out of the nine opioid prescribing metrics developed by the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative (COPE uses all nine) to identify the percentage of employees who are at risk for opioid misuse. One metric identifies patients prescribed opioids together with sedatives for more than 60 days within a three-month period as a high-risk group. 

TIMING AND APPLICATION PROCESS

The report must be requested, and pharmacy claims need to be received by FCH between July 15 and September 15, 2019. 

Employers or brokers/consultants can request this report by calling First Choice Health at 1-833-957-0032 or emailing opioidcare@fchn.com.

We are looking forward to expanding this program and helping provide much-needed support and education for businesses struggling?knowingly or unknowingly?with chronic opioid use. 


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About John Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson oversees medical management and predictive modeling within the Healthcare Analytics and Quality programs at FCH. Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Robinson is an adjunct faculty member at Gonzaga University and has taught courses in the MBA courses at the Graduate School of Business. In 2011 he was appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington to be one of the original members of the Bree Collaborative.