Gateway Health Plan, a managed care organization, recently partnered with Giant Eagle Pharmacy to provide Medicaid members in Allegheny County, Pa., with a clinical service dedicated to fighting the opioid epidemic.
The service, Project Lifeline, focuses on improving public health through substance abuse screenings and referrals of at-risk residents. It is offered through the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) and the National Association of Chain Drug stores.
Gateway Health’s goal is to provide its members with more comprehensive opioid care and to improve their health with sustainable results.
“Gateway Health is proud to partner with Giant Eagle Pharmacy and PERU to deliver this advanced, evidence-based tool to use in the ongoing battle against opioid addiction,” Cain Hayes, Gateway Health president and CEO, said. “At Gateway Health, we care for the whole person in all communities where the need is greatest. We see a future where everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their best health.”
Specially trained Giant Eagle pharmacists will offer screenings and brief interventions to any Medicaid members participating in the program. The goal is to identify people at high risk for opioid abuse or overdose. These people will be offered counseling or a referral to a substance abuse treatment center.