Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the release of a new Insights report that examines workers’ comp opioid prescribing across industry groups, addressing opioid usage, claim characteristics, and trends.
Strong responses to the opioid epidemic have led to decreased opioid use over the past five years. However, has the decline been consistent across industries? Studies have shown that certain industry groups have been more prone to opioid use and abuse than others.
Further, NCCI data shows that the treatment of injured workers in certain industry groups is significantly more likely to include opioids. For example, in the contracting industry, the quantity of opioids prescribed to injured workers is more than double the average number prescribed to those in all other industry groups.
The article explores the difference in opioid use between industry groups by looking at data-driven trends underlying opioid prescribing patterns in workers compensation—with a special focus on the contracting industry.
Key findings included:
- Treatment of injured workers in certain industry groups is significantly more likely to include opioids.
- Quantity of opioids per claim in the contracting industry group is more than double the average for all other industry groups combined.
- Opioid usage has declined across all industry groups during the time period studied.
Claims statistics in this report are per active claim for Service Year 2017, unless stated otherwise. An active claim is a claim receiving at least one medical service during the referenced year.
Read the free report: NCCI INSIGHTS: Opioids Prescribing Across Industry Groups