Millennium Health Unveils Suite of Tools to Address the Epidemic of Unsafe Opioid Use
Leading health solutions company helps health plans identify and support patients at risk.
Jun 15, 2015, 08:00 ET
SAN DIEGO, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennium Health, a leading health solutions company, and its population health management subsidiary, RxAnte, LLC., today announced a new suite of integrated services focused on addressing the growing epidemic of unsafe use of prescription pain medicines known as opioids.
The company's risk-based opioid management program will be offered to health plans as a new approach to managing the growing epidemic of unsafe prescription opioid use. It features automated patient risk stratification, definitive lab monitoring for at-risk individuals, and a platform for alerting potentially unsafe use. The program is the first offering from Millennium Health to integrate the company's capabilities in predictive analytics, definitive drug therapy monitoring, and provider engagement.
The cost of unsafe prescription opioid use in the United States is estimated to be $70 billion annually and leads to nearly 100,000 avoidable ER visits and 17,000 overdose deaths each year. More middle-aged Americans now die of an opioid overdose than in auto accidents or violent crimes. According to Millennium Health data analyses, opioid users meeting the defined criteria for unsafe use incur up to five times the annual medical costs of typical opioid users. Recognizing the need to better address this issue, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, a healthcare quality measure developer, recently endorsed new quality measures related to the management of prescription pain medicines.
Until now, most efforts to address unsafe opioid use have been reactive, rather than preventive. "We believe real progress requires more than merely identifying patients who are already dependent, abusing or overdosed on opioids," said Josh Benner, PharmD, ScD, founder of RxAnte and executive vice president of strategy at Millennium Health. "With these tools we can know when someone is taking the first steps down that path, and can activate a circle of support that includes close monitoring and communication to their health care providers, pharmacy, and health plan."
"This is a costly epidemic that requires long-term cooperation among families, schools, lawmakers, law enforcement, and the health care system," said Brock Hardaway, chief executive officer of Millennium Health. "But if the on-ramp to this problem is unsafe use of prescription pain medicines, then the health care system needs to play a leading role in the solution. I'm personally very excited to see the impact we can create when we equip health professionals and payers with better tools to identify individuals at-risk and inform their care and treatment."
About Millennium Health
Millennium Health is a leading health solutions company that aims to get more from medicines by delivering accurate, timely, clinically actionable information to inform treatment decisions. The company believes that everyone has the right to the safest and most effective treatments, and aims to deliver on that idea by providing clinicians and payers with personalized medication intelligence through our comprehensive suite of services including RxAnte's population drug therapy management platforms, Millennium PGTSM and Millennium UDTSM, that can be used to better tailor patient care. More information can be found at www.millenniumhealth.com.
RxAnte is the leading platform for improving medication use and drug therapy outcomes through predictive analytics and targeted clinical programs. Its innovative analytics platform is transforming how organizations work with healthcare professionals, care management intervention providers, and patients to promote the safe and effective use of prescription medications. Created by experts in advanced analytics, medication adherence, health IT, and quality improvement, RxAnte offers patent-pending platforms that include predictive and decision analytics, advanced program evaluation methods, and an innovative platform for provider engagement. Learn more at www.rxante.com or follow us on Twitter.
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