Knowing Where to Look
A study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, examined the follow-up care on patients with single orthopedic injuries (i.e. broken legs, ankles, arms). Typically, the treating surgeon is responsible for pain control immediately after surgery. Although this was a very small population, the results reinforce what many of us in the work comp industry know — 21% of these patients tried to get narcotic painkillers from more than just their surgeon.
A profile of these “doctor-shopping” claimants includes many of the same characteristics:
- White male;
- Limited college education;
- Sought narcotics, anti-anxiety and/or ADHD drugs;
- Previous narcotic user.
Early intervention and identification of at-risk claimants is key in controlling costs and improving outcomes. Aggressive and effective Nurse Case Management is a proven technique to coordinate care, improve communication, and to hold providers and claimants accountable.
Call us. We know where to look.
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