Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that found the frequency and cost share of physician-dispensed drugs decreased considerably in Pennsylvania two years after the passage of HB 1846.
WCRI noted that prior to reforms (2013-14), 1 in 3 prescriptions were dispensed by physicians, which decreased to 1 in 10 (2015-16) after reforms. Cost share of physician dispensing dropped from 44% in 2014 to 4% post-reform. Also of note was that prior to the reforms, 35% of injured workers receiving medical care in 2014 had at least one prescription; in 2016, it had decreased to 30%, which WCRI noted was largely due to a drop in injured workers with physician-dispensed drugs, with no material increase in those receiving pharmacy-dispensed drugs.
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