Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new brief from Marsh that explores physician dispensing and compounded drugs as drivers of workers’ comp claims costs, and discusses strategies to help tackle them.
Suggestions from the report included making sure pharmacy benefit management programs meet some key characteristics, including authorization reviews for compounded drugs that are handled by specially trained personnel. Marsh also emphasized internal education by employers as a valuable approach to help limit treatment from out-of-network providers, (where dispensing can be more likely) and noted that educating employees about the cost factors involved with physician dispensing may be beneficial, citing recent behavioral research that found injured workers care about the cost of their treatment, even if they’re not paying for it.
Find out more (including a link to the free brief!) clicking here!