Cigna reports 12 percent cut in opioid use among U.S. customers

From Reuters:

As the epidemic of opioid abuse continues to take its toll on the U.S. healthcare system, health insurer Cigna Corp on Thursday reported a nearly 12 percent drop prescription opioid use among its customers in the past twelve months.

Last May, Cigna pledged to cut its customers’ prescriptions for opioid treatments by 25 percent by 2019, as part of its effort to arrest the wave of abuse.

Cigna also sends doctors information from its own claims databases to detect opioid use patterns that suggest possible misuse by individuals and alerts physicians if their prescription patterns are not consistent with CDC guidelines.

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