BALTIMORE, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AmeritoxSM, the nation's leader in medication monitoring solutions, today announced a new agreement with MVP Health Care® to provide urine drug monitoring services to MVP plan members in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Ameritox's services will be a covered benefit in all health plans offered by MVP, including Medicare and Medicaid.
"Ensuring the safety and well-being of our members is important to us," stated Dr. Carl Cameron, Vice President of Medical Management at MVP Health Care. "The critical insight and knowledge gained by providing prescription medication monitoring, will allow physicians to more adequately assess a patient's progress and maintenance of chronic conditions."
"This agreement will improve clinical care for MVP's members being treated with powerful prescription medications," said Todd Gardner, Chief Operating Officer of Ameritox. "With more medications being prescribed than ever, regular monitoring will help Ameritox and MVP Health Care recommend solutions that prevent the tragedy caused by medication misuse, abuse and diversion."
National data shows deaths from incorrect use of prescription medications are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse in the U.S. In 29 states, more people died in 2013 from drug overdosing than in car accidents according to Trust for America's Health.
For more information on national prescription drug abuse, please visit: http://www.ameritox.com/national-prescription-drug-report/.
About MVP Health Care
Founded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving members in the states of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Through its operating subsidiaries, MVP Health Care provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products such as flexible-spending accounts, to 700,000 members, with a regional network of 19,000 health care providers, as well as providing access to a national network of more than 500,000 health care providers. For more information, visit www.mvphealthcare.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mvphealthcare, and on Twitter at @MVPHealthCare.
Ameritox helped pioneer the prescription drug monitoring necessary to address the national epidemic of prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion. As the nation's trusted leader in Pain Medication Monitoring SolutionsSM, Ameritox provides medical and business professionals with data-driven analysis and tailored solutions that can improve patient care and prevent tragedy. Ameritox, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., has 800 employees nationwide and laboratory facilities in Greensboro, N.C.
Lon Wagner, Ameritox