WCRI FlashReport — Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’ Comp Drug Payments

Hi, my name is Dr. Vennela Thumula and I am
here to tell you about a new WCRI FlashReport — Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’
Compensation Drug Payments: 2015Q1 to 2018Q1. In this FlashReport we present data on payments
for prescription drugs paid in 27 states for key therapeutic groups of drugs by quarter. This is a short 16-page report; it provides
a high-level view of changing costs of prescription drugs in workers’ compensation systems across
states. We break down prescription drugs into six
groups: opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), dermatological agents, anticonvulsants,
musculoskeletal therapy agents, and compounds. So you can see where state workers’ compensation
prescribing dollars are being spent and whether spending for those groups of drugs is increasing
or decreasing These groups represent the large majority of all payments for prescription
drugs in workers’ compensation. On page 3 of the report, we provide definitions
of the various drugs groups with examples. Tables 1 to 6 provide quarterly payment trends
for each drug group. Each table shows two measures: If you look at page 6, Left panel shows the
share of all prescription payments (“payment shares”) in a particular quarter accounted
for by opioids. This measure reflects the relative contribution
of opioids to overall prescription spending in the quarter, and the trends track whether
opioids are relatively more or less of a driver of prescription payments over time. Right panel shows the quarterly payment for
opioids per claim with prescriptions. This measure reflects the prevalence of opioid
prescriptions in the quarter and the amount paid for opioids in the quarter. Trends in this measure tell us whether prescription
spending for opioids increased or decreased among claims receiving prescriptions in absolute
terms. Hope you found this video helpful. Thank you for watching.

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