New Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) Policy on Opioid Medications



Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)


Shares a policy, effective September 23, 2019, whereby injured federal workers receiving workers' compensation that are newly prescribed opioids will be limited to an initial 7-day supply. Allows an injured worker to receive a maximum of 4 sequential 7-day supply prescriptions, an initial and 3 subsequent prescriptions, for a total of 28 days before prior authorization is required. For additional opioid prescriptions exceeding the initial 28-day period, the prescribing physician will need to submit a form certifying the medical necessity of continued opioid use for approval from the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

Geographic Coverage



Opioids • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • Policy • Prevention