BWC phases out coverage for Oxycontin

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For all injuries occurring after June 1, 2019 the Ohio BWC will no longer cover Oxycontin or generic sustained-release oxycodone, given their potential for abuse and dependence. Any injured workers who are currently on these medications will have until December 31, 2019 to discontinue the use of these medications or change to another medication on the BWC’s formulary. This action does not affect the continued use of immediate-release oxycodone for the treatment of acute pain.

According to a recent news release issued by the BWC, the agency is encouraging injured workers to discuss other effective painkillers with their physicians and also to explore non-medication treatment options for chronic pain. The news release also encourages injured workers who want to be free of opioid use altogether, to discuss the issue with their physician of record or the MCO assigned to their claim, as the BWC will reimburse for certain services to assist in this process.



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Beth has represented and advised employers for thirty years regarding all aspects of their workers’ compensation and risk management programs. Beth’s philosophy is that preparation and attention to detail are the hallmarks of a successful defense plan. Her practice includes representation of employers at all administrative hearing levels before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the adjudicating bodies of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Beth received her JD from Capital University Law School in 1988. She resides in Bexley, Ohio with her husband and two children. Read more

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