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States are Taking Steps to Address Opioid Use in Workers’ Comp

Opioid misuse and abuse is a long-standing and growing concern for workers’ compensation payers. Appropriate monitoring of injured worker compliance with a given treatment plan is an essential missing piece of the treatment puzzle.

The Official Disability Guidelines and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guidelines are nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines adopted by many states to determine appropriate medical treatment for workers’ compensation injuries. Both guidelines recommend drug testing and monitoring based on risk when prescribing opioids.

Forty-seven states plus the District of Columbia have adopted nationally recognized, evidence-based or state-developed guidelines around opioid prescribing and compliance monitoring.

The remaining states are in various stages of guideline development or adoption:

  • Alaska – The Board of Nursing has adopted guidelines on the use of controlled medications, however, the medical board has not made a position statement regarding controlled medications for pain management.
  • Illinois – There are no known guidelines.
  • South Dakota – There are no known guidelines.

Cordant Health Solutions™ medication monitoring program can help payers comply with federal and state testing guidelines for treatment of injured workers, leading to better medication compliance and worker outcomes.

To learn more about Cordant’s medication monitoring and how it can help improve your compliance, contact us today.

*This is not meant as legal advice. We recommend you review the referenced legislation when making any decisions in this area