Opioid illustration Employers are being urged to actively get involved with their health plans and PBMs and ask directly whether those plans and PBMs are working with clinicians to implement strategies to mitigate risk of addiction. (Image: Shutterstock)

Employers are being urged by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of more than 420 large U.S. employers, to step in and work with health plans and pharmacy benefits managers to make sure national guidelines on opioid prescriptions are being followed.

According to the group, despite the fact that those guidelines were issued more than two years ago, overprescribing and prescriptions of opioids for acute pain management are still a problem. Hence its action, as it calls “the misuse and abuse of opioids a national issue that profoundly impacts employees, their families and employers.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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