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Calif. Medicaid plan will use prescription risk monitoring program

July 28, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Northern California Medi-Cal plan Partnership HealthPlan of California has become the first Medicaid plan in the state to utilize the SafeUseNow risk identification system for misuse of prescription drugs.

The arrangement between the two parties was made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which earlier this year named SafeUseNow a winner in a challenge designed to identify ideas that leverage data to improve the health of communities.

SafeUseNow targets physicians, pharmacies and patients in its effort to encourage safer and more effective use of prescription medication. This includes tools for monitoring prescribing patterns for early detection of changes in trends and behavior. It is based on 17 predictive risk factors derived from research.

Partnership HealthPlan serves 455,000 Medi-Cal members in 14 Northern California counties, including Sonoma, Marin and Yolo counties.