Workers’ Compensation and the Opioid Epidemic: Analysis and Research Design Options

2018-2021
Prepared for
U.S. Department of Labor
Chief Evaluation Office
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Chief Evaluation Office (CEO), in partnership with the Office of Workers Compensation (OWCP), seeks to build OWCP’s base of knowledge about opioid management strategies and to identify promising approaches that are applicable to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) client/customer population and suitable for research opportunities that would generate new evidence in the field. In collaboration with our partners at The University of Connecticut Health Center and Summit Consulting, Mathematica is contributing to that effort by identifying (1) programs and policies for opioid prescription management and evidence of their effectiveness; (2) strategic or programmatic interventions that are particularly promising in the context of FECA; and (3) research questions, evaluation design options, and promising approaches that could be tested for effectively managing opioid prescription in workers’ compensation (WC) programs.