July 4, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 11

Pain treatment changes for injured workers begin

The Department of Labor & Industries has changed the amount of time doctors can prescribe narcotics (opioids) for injured workers without agency authorization from 12 to six weeks.

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After six weeks, L&I insurance coverage for opioids will depend on doctors’ use of best practices. The required best practices include monitoring whether workers are recovering their ability to perform normal activities and screening them for risks of side-effects or addiction.

“These changes will improve pain treatment for injured workers as well as their safety during recovery,” commented Jaymie Mai, L...

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