2017 Prescription Drug Management in Workers’ Compensation

2017 Prescription Drug Management in Workers’ Compensation (PDF)
The Fourteenth Annual Survey Report (2016 data)

Over the last seven years, workers’ compensation prescription drug costs have decreased by approximately one billion dollars. Prescription drugs have long been a critical issue in workers’ compensation. Accounting for one of every seven medical dollars, pharmacy’s impact on patient recovery, disability duration, return to work, and claim settlement outweighs the benefit’s dollar expense. Each year pharmacy is the subject of much research on the part of such august organizations as the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), and others. The purpose of this survey is to add depth to our understanding of the issue, supplementing statistical and systemic research by adding the perspectives and data of state funds, insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employer.