Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the third and final installment in NCCI’s three-part series called “On Opioids” that examines the growing issues related to opioid use in America. The series looks at three viewpoints on issues surrounding opioid use and workers compensation: those of doctors, insurers, and regulators.
For the final part of the series, NCCI interviewed regulators from Colorado, Kentucky, and Maine, and share their thoughts on the impact that opioid use is having on the system. When looking at efforts to address the opioid epidemic, regulators noted that state regulation of opioid prescribing is a key factor; prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) play a critical role in controlling opioid over-prescribing and abuse; physician buy-in is an important driver of change; transition programs for long-term users and opioid alternatives are emerging; and healthcare literacy for those prescribing or receiving opioids is part of the needed solution.
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