Opioids Prevalent In California Medicare Set-Aside Settlements

 Monday, November 6, 2017

 Business Insurance

An analysis on opioid prescribing and workers compensation shows that nearly 70% of federally mandated and approved California workers compensation Medicare set-aside settlements for injured workers require funding for decades of opioid use. The study released Monday by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute also found the prescriptions were often at dangerously high levels and in conjunction with other high-risk drugs. Medicare set-asides are insurer-paid plans in which claims administrators allocate funds from workers comp settlements to cover future medical expenses arising from a work injury that might otherwise be paid by the federal Medicare program.
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