BCN members can now get long-acting injectable medications at home

Blue Care Network is helping BCN HMOSM (commercial) and BCN AdvantageSM members get access to long-acting injectable medications for the treatment of certain psychiatric and substance use disorders.

We've contracted with home health care agencies that can visit the member's home to administer the injections and complete a nursing assessment of the member. The agencies can be used when the primary care physician, psychiatrist or facility is unable to administer these medications.

The newer long-acting injectable medications may be used for the medically assisted treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders. These medications have fewer side effects and are better tolerated than some of the older formulations. They are also now usually preferred early in treatment and should often be the first line of treatment for certain psychiatric and substance use disorders.

The member just needs a doctor's order to be sent to the home health agency. The doctor also needs to order the medication through AllianceRx Walgreens Prime Specialty Pharmacy on behalf of the member.

By providing this service, we're removing a barrier for members. We're providing a place to get the injection.

For information on how to use this service, refer to the document Administering long-acting injectable medications at home (behavioral health). This document is on the Behavioral Health page in the BCN section of this website, under the "Other resources" heading.

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We're also updating the Behavioral Health chapter of the BCN Provider Manual with a link to this document.

Posted: April 2018
Line of business: Blue Care Network