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19Jul 2018

Impressive Success with Opioid Reduction

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.

For more information, visit statefundca.com where you can review our June 7, 2018 news release.

 

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