Today’s edition of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from CWCI that claims that allowing 3rd party payer access to California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), would improve quality of care and strengthen utilization and cost controls over opioid prescriptions dispensed to injured workers. However, the state has struggled to come up with the $3.7 million a year needed to fund CURES.
The new study estimates that 23% of the 500,000 California job injury claims in accident year 2011 alone involved opioid prescriptions, and notes that potential savings from reduced medical and indemnity payments on the 59% of the opioid claims involving multiple prescriptions would range between 3 to 7 percent – or $57.2 million.
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