Commonwealth Psychology is now LifeStance Health! Clients will continue to receive the same comprehensive and compassionate care with the same insurance coverage. This site will soon redirect to a site our new online home where you’ll find access to our online scheduling, expanded resources, and important information.CURRENT CLIENTS: Important Update: Potential Changes to Telehealth Benefits
Blue Cross in Massachusetts will be significantly limiting prescriptions of common painkillers, including Percocet and Vicodin. The insurer is making this move in part of an effort to curb abuse.
Pain patients may need to utilize alternative treatment approaches more frequently. Some health psychologists specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy approaches that teach clients to better manage pain without medication. Biofeedback training is often part of the treatment as well.
Excerpts from article:
Amid a rising sea of addictions to prescription painkillers, Massachusetts’ largest health insurer is launching a policy to curb abuse by significantly limiting the amount of pain medication most patients can receive without prior approval from the insurer.
The program by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, scheduled to start July 1, will allow patients to fill a 15-day prescription and one additional 15-day supply of the most common opioid drugs, such as Percocet and Vicodin, before the insurer hits the pause button.
Future refills will trigger a Blue Cross review and the need for assurances from the prescriber that several requirements have been met, including patient counseling about the significant risk for developing an addiction, and an agreement that subsequent prescriptions will be written only by the same physician and filled at the same pharmacy or pharmacy chain to stem so-called “doctor-shopping.’’
September 13, 2017|Behavioral Medicine
Living with a chronic or acute medical illness can be a difficult experience that can have a significant effect on…Read More
August 9, 2016|ADHD
Last week we welcomed Drs. Crowe, Tecce, and Khaira to the clinical team at CPA. This week we are thrilled to introduce two more clinicians who are providing services at our new Newton-Wellesley office.Read More