Recorded Webinar: Provider Choice Research image

In this free 45-minute webinar, author Bogdan Savych discussed findings from a recent WCRI study, Effects of Opioid-Related Policies on Opioid Utilization, Nature of Medical Care, and Duration of Disability. The study examined the effects of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and other recent regulations on workers with work-related injuries.

The following are among the questions the webinar addressed:

  • To what extent did must-access PDMPs and regulations limiting the duration of initial opioid prescriptions reduce the amount of opioids prescribed to workers with injuries?
  • How did opioid-related policies affect medical care that may be a substitute for opioids?
  • What impact did must-access PDMPs and limits on initial prescriptions have on the duration of temporary disability benefits?

The analysis includes information for workers injured between October 1, 2009, and March 31, 2018, in 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states represented 85 percent of benefits paid in 2017.

Click here to watch this free webinar. Click here to download a copy of the slides.

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