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March 13, 2018
Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission Launches
Drug Formulary Rule Limiting Opioid Prescriptions
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission announces the adoption of Rule 099.41, a drug formulary which regulates all outpatient medications prescribed as a result of work-related injuries. The rule draws on a formulary already in use for state government employees who are injured on the job, with additional provisions for opioid prescriptions based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rule applies to new injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2018.
The Commission began the process to establish the rule more than a year ago, holding a public hearing and accepting public comments from various individuals and groups in interest. As a result, several modifications were made to the original draft language. The modified version has been approved by the Arkansas Legislative Council and will take effect on July 1, 2018.
The Commission carefully reviewed formularies in place in several other states and ultimately decided to utilize an evidence-based formulary developed by UAMS, in combination with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for opioid prescriptions. The formulary is designed to provide injured workers with the most appropriate medications for their injuries, reduce potential addictions by limiting opioid prescriptions, and reduce pharmaceutical costs in workers’ compensation claims.
The rule includes a process for filling workers’ compensation prescriptions and an expedited process for resolving disputes between a provider and a reviewing pharmacist. If medication is denied, a process has been established for reconsideration and appeal, if necessary.
While Rule 099.41 currently applies only to new injuries, the Commission plans to undertake a study to address existing claims in the near future. The rule and additional information regarding the rule may be viewed on the agency’s website, www.awcc.state.ar.us.
CONTACT: AWCC.Info@Arkansas.Gov or 501.682.3930
December 1, 2017
The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission announces the adoption of Rule 099.41, a drug formulary which regulates all outpatient medications prescribed as a result of work-related injuries. The rule adopts a formulary already in use for state government employees who are injured on the job, with additional provisions for opioid prescriptions based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rule applies to new injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2018. The final rule as adopted may be viewed in its entirety at the link below.
Rule 099.41 Arkansas Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary
May 1, 2017
Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission
Notice of Public Hearing and Rule Making
Pursuant to the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Law codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 11-9-101 et
seq., notice is hereby given that the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission
(Commission) is proposing to create a new rule, Rule 099.41, Arkansas Workers' Compensation
Drug Formulary. This rule is a drug formulary for all FDA approved drugs prescribed for an
accepted new Workers' Compensation claim filed after September 1, 2017. This rule establishes
a process for filling Workers' Compensation prescriptions, reviewing and prescribing Opioid
medications, and implements a dispute resolution process between a provider and the
reviewing pharmacists or PBM, a process for appealing to the AWCC, a process for rule review
and establishes the effective date of implementation. The proposed rule may be viewed in its
entirety on the Commission's website, www.awcc.state.ar.us, or at the Commission's offices in
Little Rock (complete address shown below).
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 beginning at 1:00 P.M. in hearing room
1W06, on the first floor of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality building, 5301
Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Oral and written comments will be considered
at the hearing.
Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 11-9-205, the Commission allows 45 days for written public
comment through 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Written comments may be submitted
by postal mail to the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, P.O. Box 950, 4th & Spring
Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950, by e-mail to
AWCC.Info@Arkansas.Gov, or by fax to 501-682-2786.
October 3, 2016
A catastrophic injury or death results in the loss of at least
one-third of the worker's average weekly wage. This often leaves little
or no money to assist the children of the worker in furthering their education
beyond high school. Kids' Chance of Arkansas has joined with Kids' Chance
of America and other similar states organizations to increase awareness of this
dilemma. Kids' Chance of Arkansas was fortunate to receive a
Governor's Proclamation declaring November 14 to 18, 2016, Kids' Chance
Click on the link to view the text of the proclamation: 2016 Kids' Chance Awareness Week Proclamation
December 17, 2012
The Commission announces the issuance of Advisory 2012-1. This advisory authorizes the issuance of debit cards and other card payment systems for indemnity payments to injured employees, subject to certain restrictions.
November 20, 2012
The Commission's Operations and Compliance Division announces changes in required data for Form 2, effective January 1, 2013. Click here to view the announcement.
April 25, 2011
The Commission announces the issuance of Advisory 2011-1. This Advisory addresses questions regarding updates to previously filed Form AR-4's regarding the completion of the AR-4 to report additional monies paid (or recovered).
Due to the various forms being processed by various divisions within the Commission, the Advisory also provides a link to the people designated to answer questions regarding a specific form.
State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131
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