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We all know that lobbyists exist. We all know the role they play in American politics, however frustrating that fact might be to us. We all know that pharmaceutical companies have plenty of them, and they appear to be pretty good at their jobs.
The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled hearings for November (and a public comment period that will extend to January) regarding the agency's current approach to the marketing of off-label uses of FDA-...Read More
Whether or not opioid pain medication might actually worsen pain is a legitimate clinical discussion and an important claims management topic. While the phenomenon is researched and written about in medical journals, talked about at various conferences and acknowledged among physicians, I ha...Read More
Amidst all the talk of seven-day initial opioid script limits in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (with New Jersey, Connecticut and others likely not far behind), we appear to have missed a piece of legislation that, in my view, represents the single most stringent legal construct f...Read More
Hardly a day, a conference, a meeting or a case goes by without a serious discussion about the need for a "biopsychosocial" approach to injury resolution. In fact, I've recently heard griping in some circles that the discussion has run its course. "We get it ... can w...Read More
A new bill was introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). The bill calls for a tax on opioids to the tune of 1 cent per milligram. This tax will fall primarily to the payer community.
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Say the name "ProPublica" in a work comp meeting these days and watch what happens. It's like a pinata at a little kid's birthday party: Everyone takes a swing, only a precious few actually connect (but when they do connect, we all get candy, or something like that).
In response to the NLRB’s pronouncement of joint employer status between two distinct business entities in Browning-Ferris Industries, a handful of state legislatures, including Texas, have passed legislation to protect the franchise industry from exposure to lawsuits for franchisees&r...Read More