Study Finds Modest Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions after Insurer Opioid Prescribing Limit Interview with:
Kao-Ping Chua, MD, PhD
Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center
Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor MI 48109

Dr. Kao-Ping Chua
Dr. Kao-Ping Chua What is the background for this study?

Response: Almost every state has implemented a policy to restrict the duration of opioid prescriptions for acute pain, as have many major insurers. Prior studies have evaluated the effects of these limits on opioid prescribing, but there are no large-scale studies that have evaluated the effects of limits on patient-reported outcomes, such as pain control.

In this study, we evaluated the effect of a major Michigan insurer’s
5-day opioid prescribing limit in February 2018 on both opioid prescribing and patient-reported outcomes after surgery.

To do so, we leveraged our access to a statewide surgical registry in Michigan that has been collecting data on opioid prescribing and patient-reported outcomes from adult patients undergoing common general surgical procedures since 2017.

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