State Fund has significantly reduced the number of opioid prescriptions for injured workers by 60 percent since launching its opioid-reduction program in 2014.
Our comprehensive opioid-reduction strategy took a two-pronged approach: 1) early prevention in new cases, and 2) reduction of chronic opioid usage in existing cases.
The strategy also included elements such as a peer-to-peer physician review program, education for injured workers and treating physicians, and a functional restoration program for injured workers taking chronic, high levels of opioids.
Additional results include:
- The number of patients taking high doses of opioids over the past four years has decreased from 1,458 to 186.
- A 74 percent reduction in expenditures on opioids prescribed to injured workers covered by State Fund.
State Fund will continue to focus on reducing opioids by:
- Expanding our chronic pain program to reach even more injured workers
- Adopting the Division of Workers’ Compensation guidelines, which limits initial opioid prescriptions to four days, and
- Updating our online physician training modules for treating acute and chronic pain.
State Fund’s opioid-reduction program is another way we fulfill our purpose to provide fairly priced workers’ compensation insurance, make workplaces safe, and restore injured workers.