March 2018
Express Scripts Advanced Opioid Management Program Shows Early Results
Just five months into a new program designed to combat opioid abuse, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) and its pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, are seeing positive results in their effort to help members safely and effectively manage their pain while lowering their risk of developing an opioid addiction. The NBF entered into the Express Scripts Advanced Opioid Management program in October 2017, and to date, the program has driven a 60 percent decrease in average-day supply per claim, from 18.6 days down to 7.5 days, and has influenced 95.9 percent of reprocessed opioid prescriptions to be a 7-day supply or less. During the first 90 days of the program, 87 percent of first-time patients who were originally prescribed long-acting opioids were instead given safer, short-acting, less-addicting painkillers.

The NBF's program has implemented the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which limits pharmacists from dispensing more than a 7-day supply of first-time opioid prescriptions for people dealing with severe pain. It does not affect patients receiving pain management therapy due to cancer care or hospice care (palliative care and end-of-life care). 1199SEIU members were notified about the new program through For Your Benefit, their quarterly member magazine.

Training and Upgrading Fund Provides More Continuing Education Opportunities
The 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF), through its Institute for Continuing Education (ICE), provides nationally accredited continuing education seminars and symposiums to professional and technical healthcare workers. By offering current topics of interest, TUF helps keep healthcare workers up to date on the cutting-edge trends and latest information that enable them to provide quality care. The onsite and online programs are offered at no out-of-pocket cost for 1199SEIU members, who earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their licensure and certification requirements, or who access refresher courses to expand their knowledge in particular healthcare disciplines. Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institutions.

In March, ICE will offer the following two seminars:
Cultural Competence: A Healthcare Perspective
Wednesday, March 7
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)
This three-hour seminar has been accredited for CASACs and social workers.

Feed Your Microbes for Optimal Wellness
Monday, March 19
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)
This three-hour seminar is being offered in recognition of National Nutrition Month for dietitians, dietetic technicians and nutritionists.

Both seminars will be held onsite at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse (33rd Floor), Manhattan.

For more information, including a complete schedule of the seminars offered in 2018, visit or contact ICE at (212) 494-0511 or

Children Enjoy Educational and Cultural Activities Through WorkForce 2000
For more than 20 years, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's WorkForce 2000 program has helped the children of 1199SEIU members meet the challenges of high school, prepare for college and make informed career path choices. Throughout the year-long program, students are offered a variety of program options, including the Pre-RN Program, Student Work Internship Program and Summer Academic Experience. These programs allow teens to gain experience, exposure and understanding of what awaits them in careers in the healthcare industry.

The WorkForce 2000 program also offers students an opportunity to take part in cultural events and social-enrichment activities. In February, 34 children attended a showing of the Broadway production Once on This Island, a musical about a peasant girl on a tropical island who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. In addition, 25 students visited the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, where they learned about the historic events of September 11 and the day's continued global significance.

For more information on the WorkForce 2000 program, visit

In This Issue
Express Scripts Advanced Opioid Management Program Shows Early Results
Training and Upgrading Fund Provides More Continuing Education Opportunities
Children Enjoy Educational and Cultural Activities Through WorkForce 2000

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