The Truth about the War on Drugs

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[Courtesy Staff Reporters and Medical Billing and Coding]

Here are some interesting facts about the nation’s war on drugs:


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  1. War on Drugs

    A veteran journalists speak from the front lines of the prescription drug epidemic in this essay.



  2. Managing Specialty Drug Spending is Top Priority For 88% of Employers

    Willis Towers Watson recently released results from the 21st annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • Employers expect employer and employee healthcare costs to increase 5% in 2016 and 2017.
    • Average employee annual costs are expected to rise to $12,338 in 2016 and $13,000 in 2017.
    • 81% of employers will make modest changes to cost-sharing provisions for 2017.
    • Managing spending for high-cost specialty drugs is top priority for 88% of employers.
    • Half of employers offering an account-based plan expect that to be the only choice by 2018.
    • 28% of employers have reduced spousal subsidies by adding surcharges.

    Source: Willis Towers Watson, August 2, 2016


  3. Physicians Charged $721.8 Mil. in 2015 for Opioid Abuse Diagnoses

    FAIR Health recently released a report on the impact of opiod abuse on the healthcare system. Here are some key findings from the analysis:

    • In 2015, services billed with an opioid dependence diagnosis were $1,288/patient.
    • Services billed with an opioid abuse diagnosis amounted to $1,088 per patient.
    • The total charge for a patient with an opioid diagnosis was $63,356 in 2015.
    • Professional charges for opioid diagnoses were $721.80 million total in 2015.
    • Alcohol and/or drug therapy claims increased 1,189% from 2011 to 2014.
    • Laboratory tests for patients with opioid diagnoses grew 848% from 2011 to 2014.

    Source: FAIR Health, September 2016


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