Work-related injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2018, will fall under Rule 099.41. This rule was adopted to regulate medications, specifically opioids, in order to reduce potential addictions. At the same time, it’s expected to reduce pharmaceutical costs in workers’ compensation claims.
Over the past year, the Commission has gathered research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UAMS, and other states with similar rules before launching this rule. The Commission also gathered research from Arkansas, as a similar rule has been in place for state government employees. Many modifications were made to the original draft, and the modified version was approved by the Arkansas Legislative Council to take effect in July of this year.
Currently, Rule 099.41 applies to new injuries, but the Commission plans to examine existing claims in the future.