Opioid use and disability

How is opioid use trending over time? Among individuals who filed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a paper by Maestas et al. (2022) finds that: …the prevalence of opioid use among SSDI applicants declined from 33 percent in 2013 to 24 percent in 2018. By contrast, the share of applicants reporting musculoskeletal impairments, which…

Prior authorization and opioid abuse

An interesting article by Cochran et al. (2017) examines whether health plan prior authorization rules can help prevent opioid abuse.  The authors use Pennsylvania Medicaid data from 2010 to 2012.  The data included both fee-for-service and managed care enrollees. The authors measured opioid abuse based on diagnosis codes for opioid use disorder (304.0, 304.00, 304.01,…