Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from CWCI on Drug Testing Utilization and Cost Trends in California Workers’ Comp. The study found that the widespread use of opioids has fueled exponential growth in drug testing utilization in California workers’ comp over the past 8 years, creating an estimated $98 million in additional medical expenses in 2011.
Other interesting findings from the report included a huge spike in drug testing and the resulting amounts billed and paid, as well as steady increases in average amounts billed and paid for tests from 2004 through 2011. CWCI also notes that the huge increase in drug testing coincided with dramatic growth in the volume of Schedule II opioid prescriptions, which they had documented in previous research.
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