The worker’s compensation study looked at more than two million prescriptions written from 2010 to 2015 for 400,000 non-surgical worker’s compensation claims in 26 states. Kansas dropped its rate of long-term opioid prescribing from 5.6 percent to 3.4 percent when comparing periods 2010-2012 to 2013-2015.
Wang credited the decline in long-term opioid prescribing to a few specific factors including the adoption of ODG by the Kansas Department of Labor. The other two factors included a policy for determining whether the doctors it licenses are following safe controlled-substance prescribing guidelines, and also Kansas’ prescription drug monitoring program.
States that adopt ODG are consistently seeing positive results across the board, and reduced opioid prescribing is just one of the benefits. ODG adoption states are showing average medical cost-savings of 30%, average disability duration down 34%-66%, and treatment delay down 77%. In addition, insurance premiums are down 40%-49% as a result of improved health outcomes, and access to care is up 42% due to more treating providers accepting patients under ODG.
The data speaks for itself. ODG works.