Ohio BWC to attempt to codify opioid medication necessity standards.

The Ohio BWC is proposing changes to the Ohio Administrative Code to reduce the number of injured workers eligible to receive opioid medications for pain related to work injuries.  The impetus for this change stems from a cost savings standpoint as well as an attempt to reduce potential addiction/abuse.  The proposed standard for the narcotic medication is the doctor must explain why the injured worker has a “clinically meaningful improvement in function” with the opioid medication to justify ongoing use of the medications.  As to how this nebulous standard is met by the injured worker in need of these medications at this juncture is unclear.  As of now, these changes are only proposed and have not been codified into law.

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