BCBS Opioid Abuse Plan Requires Authorization For Scripts Longer than 30 Days
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is implementing what it believes are industry-leading policies July 1 to restrain the abuse of opioid medications among its members.
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