Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a free report from CWCI that found that while efforts to curb opioid use in California workers’ comp have been successful, they remain very common among claims with concurrent prescriptions, and are the most prevalent drug type in polypharmacy claims that involve five or more concurrent scripts.
Key findings from the study included that polypharmacy claims tended to be older, with 21.5% of claims with five or more concurrent scripts were at least 10 years old, compared to 6% of non-polypharmacy claims. Back conditions without spinal cord involvement, including back sprains and strains, some of the most common work-related injuries, was the top diagnostic category for polypharmacy claims, making up 21.3% of cases. Among claims with three or more concurrent prescriptions, opioids were present in 13 of the top 20 drug combinations, and 16 of the top 20 for claims with four or more scripts.
Find out more (including a link to the free report!) by clicking here!