Journal article

Reducing Opioid Misuse: Evaluation of a Medicaid Controlled Substance Lock-In Program.

Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Chris Ringwalt, Rebecca B Naumann, Andrew W Roberts, Leslie A Moss, Nidhi Sachdeva, Mark A Weaver, Joel Farley

J Pain | Published : 2016

Abstract

Opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose are a rapidly growing public health epidemic. Medicaid Lock-In Programs (MLIPs) are designed to prevent overutilization of controlled substances by Medicaid patients. However, despite widespread use, there is little information on their effect. Using North Carolina (NC) Medicaid claims data from October 2008 through June 2013, we examined changes in Medicaid-reimbursed opioid prescriptions by patients enrolled in NC's MLIP. We used mixed effects models to examine the effect of MLIP enrollment on monthly opioid claims, number of pharmacies, total days' supply, total units (ie, pills), and total Medicaid payments for opioids. In our sample of 6,148 MLIP patie..

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