Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from NCCI on Narcotics in Workers’ Compensation. According to NCCI, prescription drugs account for about 19% of workers compensation medical costs, and in 2009 the most popular drug prescribed in the Workers’ Comp system was OxyContin, followed closely in third place by Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen.
Key findings in the new report include increases in per-claim narcotics costs, and while growth slowed a bit, in 2009, costs were 14% higher than in 2008. Additionally, NCCI noted that the narcotics consumed by the top 10 percent of claimants receiving narcotics accounts for about 80 percent of all workers comp narcotic costs.
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