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Provider Advisory Committee (PAC)

What is the PAC, and what do they do?

The committee meets at least four times a year. The main purpose of the PAC is to find ways to improve care for members. They do this through researching new technology and other things that will help. Some of the PAC's accomplishments include:

  • 2005: the PAC performed research on Telepsychiatry. They did this to see if telepsychiatry was something that could be an added benefit to members. It is something that has already been put to use across the country. The program has not been approved yet, but it is pending.
  • 2006: the PAC studied Buprenorphine. This drug was approved by the FDA for opiate addition in 2002. It is safe and effective medication used to treat patient in a clinic or primary care office. The PAC has recommended buprenorphine for treatment but it isn't available in Pennsylvania yet.
  • 2008: the PAC assessed Seeking Safety. Seeking Safety is one of the best, most affordable treatment options for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder. The PAC was able to complete a test program to monitor how effective the treatment was.
  • 2009: PAC research was used to study Dialectical Behavior Treatment (DBT). The PAC found DBT to be a safe way to treat behavioral disorders.
  • 2010: the PAC reviewed Behavior Imaging (BI) as a possible new treatment. BI is a form of behavioral therapy. It focuses on many things that control behavior, and captures those things on video. The PAC is still working to try to make this resource available to members.
  • 2011: the PAC studied Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS). VNS is a device used to treat severe depression. The PAC has recommended that VNS is used with existing treatments for patients. Since VNS is a new technology, the PAC is still performing research on it.