What is the cost impact on employers for patients with opioid use disorder treated with medication assisted therapy?
In a recent analysis of 17 million US workers using a commercial insurance claims database, Henke R et al. found that excess health care costs for patients with opioid use disorder with access to medication assisted treatment was $5400 compared to $19,000 for those without access to medication assisted treatment.
Henke RM, Ellsworth D, Wier L, Snowdon, J. Opioid Use Disorder and Employee Work Presenteeism, Absences, and Health Care Costs. J Occup Environ Med. 2020;62(5):344-49.