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Surgeons, Excellus team up to reduce unnecessary opioid prescriptions

Surgeons across New York are collaborating with each other and with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to reduce unnecessary opioids prescribed to discharged patients.

The surgeons have created a program that would monitor appropriate opioid levels for patients who have undergone any of nearly two-dozen different procedures.

This measure went into effect July 1 and was modeled after a program in Michigan.

Participating hospitals in the Finger Lakes region include Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Highland Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Unity Hospital.

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