Opioid Prescriptions for Acute and Chronic Pain Management Among Medicaid Beneficiaries

Opioid Prescriptions for Acute and Chronic Pain Management Among Medicaid Beneficiaries

More than half of Medicaid beneficiaries receive an opioid for pain management for either a dental (17.3%) or orthopedic-related (34.8%) complaint and emergency department providers are more likely to provide them. Almost 19% of patients filled the prescriptions within 14-days of receipt. This article highlights prescription patterns for pain-related complaints, both acute and chronic, and highlights the role that emergency providers have in driving prescription rates. Click here to read the full article.