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IHN-CCO is Taking Action to Promote Safe Pain Management


New opioids authorization criteria is in effect immediately in an effort to support and promote safe opioid use and appropriate pain management. The criteria use evidence-based practices that are supported by our regional task force, PainWise, and state and federal organizations. This action was taken in response to an update to the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

Visit our new Opioid Reduction and IHN-CCO Members page for tools to help you support patients using opioids for pain management, including:

  • Tapering Guidelines
  • Morphine Equivalent Dose (MED)
  • Medicaid Benefit Changes
  • IHN-CCO Benefit Changes
  • Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions regarding specific opioid pain alternatives or opioid benefit changes, please contact Customer Service.