We are just about done with our Survey on Opioid Management in Workers’ Comp and there are a few early findings that caught our attention.
(to complete the survey, and register for the iPad we’re giving to one respondent, click here)
About 2/3 of respondents have been in WC for more than 15 years, and about the same percentage work in claims or medical management. In all, a highly experienced, very knowledgeable group.
The most common first words that come to mind when they hear the word “opioids” are addiction and abuse.
40% of respondents said senior management is “very concerned” about opioids.
A majority of respondents think payers’ efforts to address opioids have been somewhat or very ineffective; most blame lack of effective regulations.
Payers would like to see regulations:
- instituting evidence-based clinical guidelines;
- supporting urine drug monitoring; and
- requiring opioid agreements/contracts.
Finally, 94% said opioid usage has lead to addiction/dependency.
Is your hair on fire?