ALLIANCES

CenturyLink forges opioid tracking alliance

Telecom firm to offer EagleForce analytics platform to agencies

CenturyLink has partnered with Herndon, Va.-based analytics company EagleForce Associates to help government agencies adopt automation and monitoring technologies to track medications such as opioids.

The companies announce their exclusive sales and distribution arrangement in the midst of a nationwide increase in opioid addiction and overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 22,000 deaths in 2015 from prescription opioid overdoses compared to 19,000 in 2014.

CenturyLink will offer EagleForce’s predictive analytics platform with real-time neural computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence functions to federal, state and local agencies in efforts to help health care personnel and providers identify potential cases of improper prescription usage and administration.

EagleForce built its technology with connections to every retail pharmacy in the U.S. for real-time benefit checks. The platform also works to identify relationships between health care providers, pharmacies and patients regarding medications and insurance benefits.

EagleForce's Attestation Center for Program Integrity is designed to identify beneficiaries of government health plans that include Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Veterans Health Services, Indian Affairs, Bureau of Prisons and Children's Health Insurance Program.

For its part, CenturyLink will carry the data on its carrier-class network for pharmacists and healthcare providers to audit benefit processing systems and monitor the medication processing lifecycle.

EagleForce says its system complies with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute that restricts the use of pharmaceutical co-pay benefits by those enrolled on a government health care plan.

The companies aim to help health care providers comply with rules and regulations of agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Medication, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general.

CenturyLink ranked 34th on Washington Technology’s Top 100 list of federal government IT contractors in 2016 and is seeking regulatory approvals for its $34 billion purchase of Level 3 Communications in a deal intended to close in this year’s third quarter.

About the Author

Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.