The Epidemic of 2013
The dictionary defines epidemic as “spreading rapidly and extensively by infections among many individuals in an area”. For a synonym they should just say — See Opioid.
Writing in Insurance Journal, authors Denise Johnson and Don Jergler make the following points about opioids and workers’ comp:
Medical costs currently comprise 60% of a workers’ comp claim and will increase to 70% of claim by 2020.
Opioids make up 15% to 20% of medical costs in long term claims, while treatment guidelines specify only a 2 to 4 week time frame for opioid use after surgery or substantial injury.
Opioids make up 3% of medical costs in short term claims.
Physician-dispensed drugs, many of which are opioids, are 60% to 300% higher than in a retail pharmacy.
If you’re not on offense, you’re on defense. OMCA has been on the offensive against drug/narcotic abuse since our inception, long before it was considered an epidemic.
Take the offensive. Quit playing catch up.
Call Us. We can do better.
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