Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Ohio BWC’s recent announcement of a new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat injured works took effect this past Saturday.
As of Oct 1, reimbursement for opioid prescriptions will be limited to claims in which current best medical practices are followed, including development of individualized treatment plans, risk assessments, and close monitoring of progress and functional improvement. The BWC will also now provide treatment for opioid dependence that arises from the use of opioids that it covers, such as psychological counseling and medication assisted treatment for recovery. A new peer-review process will address failures to comply with corrective actions ranging from warning letters to decertifying physicians from the BWC’s network.
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