Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Wins IAIABC Innovation Award

08/22/2017

The IAIABC is pleased to recognize the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as the winner of the 2017 IAIABC Innovation Award. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was recognized for its innovation and impressive results in building and implementing its pharmacy program. The Ohio BWC will showcase their program at the IAIABC 103rd Convention on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Ohio’s commitment to addressing pharmaceutical issues in workers’ compensation, including the opioid epidemic, began with a focus on an injured worker’s functional life and ability to return to work. Through multi-stakeholder partnerships, the Ohio BWC created dependency thresholds, collected prescriber information and tracked and monitored utilization, developed a formulary, and in 2016, became the first state to move their prescribing guidelines into state code.

The initiatives undertaken led to new claim opioid utilization decrease by 48% over 4 years; a decrease of 19.5 million doses prescribed between 2010 and 2016; and opioid use for chronic pain dropped by 11% over 4 years. The Ohio BWC also reports a 50:1 return on investment in the program. Overcoming significant challenges throughout the process, their pharmacy program has become a model for other jurisdictions.

In its second year, eight jurisdictions offered eleven submissions on projects ranging from agency performance scorecards to a safety grant program. “The judging panel was impressed by the quality of submissions and had a difficult time selecting just one Innovation Award recipient,” noted Jennifer Wolf Horejsh, Executive Director, IAIABC. 

The IAIABC Innovation Award grew out of a desire to share new initiatives and showcase jurisdictional efforts on system improvement. Submissions were judged on criteria including business problem, innovation merit, value to stakeholders, and outcomes.

The IAIABC 103rd Convention will be held October 2-5, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. The Convention will invite attendees to think unconventionally about how we can make system improvements and adapt to the changing world around us. Learn more and register at www.iaiabc.org/convention.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will also be featured in an issue of the IAIABC’s digital magazine, Perspectives.

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Contact: Heather Lore, Senior Manager, Membership and Communications, IAIABC
Email: hlore@iaiabc.org
Phone: +1 (608) 841-2017