Today, Cigna announced that it has achieved a 25 percent reduction in opioid use among its customers in just two years.
Shatterproof Applauds Cigna for Reducing Opioid Use by 25 Percent
Insurers Need to End Overprescribing, Improve Quality and Access to Addiction Treatment
WASHINGTON – Today, Cigna announced that it has achieved a 25 percent reduction in opioid use among its customers in just two years. The company partnered with more than 1.1 million prescribing clinicians to achieve this goal one year ahead of schedule. Cigna collaborated with physicians, dentists, patient awareness and support organizations in local communities to improve the prescribing of opioids and make it easier for people to access treatments for substance use disorders. Shatterproof CEO Gary Mendell issued the following statement after this important milestone.
“I applaud Cigna’s commitment to curbing the opioid epidemic by reducing the overprescribing. Improving opioid stewardship is critical to reducing patient harm and preventing substance use disorders. Cigna’s achievement shows what is possible when insurers and providers work together to end this crisis, and we are hopeful that their work will inspire other groups to make similar changes.”
Cigna is part of the Substance Use Disorder Task Force, launched by Shatterproof a year ago along with addiction experts and insurance executives to improve access to quality treatment for people with substance use disorders.
About Gary Mendell:
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.