Opioid Overdoses In Part D Beneficiaries Decreased In 2020

By Maya Goldman / August 18, 2021 at 1:10 PM
More than 43,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries overdosed on opioids in 2020, but the number of beneficiaries receiving opioid prescriptions continued to drop last year, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released Thursday (Aug. 12). OIG also found that the number of beneficiaries receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder grew slower in 2020 than it had in 2019, though more beneficiaries still started using such medications. CMS should continue to educate beneficiaries about access to...

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