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News and Information for the
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

July 2015

Vivitrol as Part of a Substance Abuse Treatment Plan 


Harvard Pilgrim would like to remind providers who have prescribed Vivitrol of the importance of combining this medication with behavioral health support and counseling, as well as follow-up communication with behavioral health providers to gauge patient adherence to the treatment plan.

Vivitrol — a prescription long-acting injectable medication used to treat alcohol dependence and prevent relapse of opioid dependence following detoxification — is one component of a comprehensive substance abuse management program. Research indicates that for most patients with substance abuse problems medications alone are insufficient and should be prescribed in conjunction with behavioral health treatment.

Provider mailing initiative

Last month, Harvard Pilgrim launched an outreach program for providers. If one or more of your Harvard Pilgrim patients has recently begun taking Vivitrol, you may receive a letter from us reminding you of the assistance that Harvard Pilgrim’s partner Optum/United Behavioral Health (Optum/UBH) can offer in substance abuse treatment planning.

If your patient is not getting behavioral health support, UBH/Optum can help. Collaboration between PCPs and behavioral health specialists is crucial throughout every step of the path to recovery from addiction. Optum/UBH can help orchestrate the behavioral health support necessary for patients taking Vivitrol as part of their substance abuse treatment — or can assist you with any other patients in need of behavioral health services.

How Optum/UBH can help your patients — For complex clinical situations, Optum/UBH is available to provide consultative assistance. Practitioners can call the Optum/UBH Physicians Consultation Service at
800-292-2922. To refer a patient for behavioral health services and to facilitate the coordination of care, call Optum at 888-777-4742.

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