B10 - How Private Claims Data Provide a Window onto the Opioid Crisis
Date & Time
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Donna Smith
For years, the opioid epidemic has been rampant and growing, and it has been particularly widespread among the privately insured. Drawing on data from the nation’s largest repository of privately billed medical and dental claims records, this session will spotlight trends and patterns in claims for services related to opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses in that population. It will reveal demographic and geographic factors, the most commonly utilized services and procedures, and their costs, differences between opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses, and other information relevant to addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare professionals. This session will highlight claims information that can inform tasks related to the operation and management of substance abuse treatment centers, the development of protocols related to substance abuse treatment programs and the design of provider networks and insurance benefits. The session will also help identify new areas of inquiry for researchers and data analysts.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify trends in opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses, including demographic and geographic factors.
  • Discuss services and procedures most commonly used in diagnosing and treating opioid abuse and dependence.
  • Analyze the charges and allowed amounts associated with services and procedures used with opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses.