States consider state-regulated drug formularies for workers’ comp

More states are considering joining the ranks of Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington by creating state-regulated drug formularies for workers’ compensation cases, the Claims Journal reported on March 2.

Establishing drug formularies is intended to decrease the cost of medication and prevent workers from receiving inappropriate treatment that may result in more days of lost work and wages; additionally, treatment would only cover those injuries directly incurred by work.

Mark Pew, senior vice president of Prium, a workers’ compensation medical intervention company, said that more states have been looking at incorporating the group health model due to pharmacy costs contributing to the increase in overall workers’ compensation medical costs.

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