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Examining the Effects of Price-Focused Reform

Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently conducted a series of studies aimed at examining the effects that federal and state regulations are having on the reduction of pharma spend. What the industry is seeing is an emerging trend in physician prescription reimbursement that begs the question, is price-focused reform effective?

One particular regulation, enacted to cap prices paid by tying the maximum reimbursement to average whole price (AWP) has left physicians in certain states dispensing new drug strengths and formulations […]

How Common is Illegal Drug Use Among Pain Patients?

At the American Pain Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, findings were released on the use of illicit substances among chronic pain patients. Of 450,081 patients included in a study by Baltimore-based pain medication monitoring firm Ameritox, 10.4% of urine samples tested positive for the use of at least one illicit substance.

How Many of Those Identified Were Workers Comp Patients?
Workers compensation was the primary payer for 22,525 of the 450,081 patients in the study, conducted between January 2013 and July 2015, which showed the use of illicit substances […]