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Aaron Moore, ASPL board member, appeared on The Pharmacy Podcast in September, 2016. The Pharmacy Podcast has nearly 60,000 subscribers around the world and focuses on the business of pharmacy.
October 24, 2016
Cigna enters into settlement with NY AG, will no longer require prior authorization for buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction
The Wall Street Journal reported on October 21 that the health insurer, Cigna Corp., will discontinue requiring prior authorization for its beneficiaries to receive office-based narcotic maintenance treatment with buprenorphine (e.g., Suboxone®), as a result of a settlement with the New York Attorney General's Office following a request by the AG to "address concerns about barriers to treatment." The prior authorization process required physicians to respond to "numerous questions" and sometimes delayed treatment by "several days." The change will become effective nationwide for all of Cigna’s commercial plans. [Whalen J, Mathews AW. Cigna ends preauthorization for medication to treat opioid addiction. Wall Street Journal 2016 Oct 21; http://on.wsj.com/2eEbMxg]
2016 DPLXXVII Seminar
November 10-13, 2016