March 20, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Report & Rename!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new WCRI report that examined how the implementation of a Texas-style drug formulary for workers’ comp claims filed by North Carolina state government employees might influence the prevalence and cost of drugs prescribed.

WCRI used data for more than 180,000 prescriptions filled from 2012-2014, by North Carolina state employees who received at least one prescription paid under the state workers’ comp program, and then examined multiple factors, including how frequently non-formulary drugs that would require preauthorization under the Texas closed formulary were prescribed, and which drugs were prescribed; what proportion of prescription costs were for non-formulary drugs; and if a Texas-style closed formulary was implemented, what would prescription cost savings look like?

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