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May 2020
Key Points There are serious economic impacts associated with migraines leading them to be considered a public health issue. There are significant costs associated with emerging therapies for acute treatment for migraines. By following the evidenced-based treatment recommendations provided by the American Headache Society, we can work together to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs....
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All workplaces can take the following infection prevention measures to protect workers: Encourage workers to stay home if sick. Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. Limit worksite access to only essential workers, if possible. Establish flexible worksites (e.g.,...
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Rapid Testing COVID-19 and Strategy to Return to Work Prepared by Melissa Linner, MD Medical Director Mercy Workplace Health Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided guidance for significant available testing capacity for rapid COVID-19 testing. This test is a nasopharyngeal swab that has FDA Emergency Use Authorization. The results currently are...
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We’re improving our peer-to-peer process with a single phone line to help you work with us quickly and easily. Effective July 1, you will have one phone number to call if you want to schedule a peer-to-peer conversation with a medical director for inpatient and outpatient services. The phone number is 616.464.8432. Additionally, we’ve expanded...
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Background information We know how important it is to have the Priority Health members you see assigned to your practice. That’s why we’re making changes based on your feedback to improve our member assignment. This spring, we’ll review our HMO and POS members’ assigned Primary Care Provider (PCP) compared to the PCP they’re seeing based...
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In July and January of each year, the Priority Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee makes changes to the commercial formulary to ensure our members have access to safe, effective and affordable drugs. So far in 2020, we’ve added 45 new drugs to the formulary. We’ve also made positive changes (reduced tier or removal of authorization...
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Key Points1 Opioids were involved in 2,033 overdose deaths in 2017 Michigan has a death rate of 21.2 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons In 2017, Michigan providers wrote 74 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Initiative: Team-Based Care The Michigan Institute for...
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