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PDMP Data Used to Assess Workers' Pre-Injury Opioid Use 09/12/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: WA | Segment: Top | 341 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 64 min read
A newly published study from Washington state may be among the first to use data from a state prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP, to look at injured workers’ use of opioids before they are hurt on the job. ...Read More

Protz Fix May Be in Jeopardy in Final Days of Session 09/10/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 27 min read
With two weeks to go before the Pennsylvania legislative session cranks up again, no fewer than nine workers’ compensation bills are now on the table, including a much-debated adjustment to impairment ratings prompted by a landmark court ruling. ...Read More

Paradigm Acquires Pain Management, Addiction Network 09/07/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 117 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
Paradigm Outcomes, a provider of case-management services for catastrophic workplace injuries, has acquired Adva-Net. Adva-Net provides workers&rsq...Read More

Physician-Dispensing Reform Is Topic of WCRI Webinar 09/07/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 97 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The impact of Pennsylvania's physician-dispensing reform will be the focus of a one-hour webinar hosted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute on Sept. 27. ...Read More

Providers Dive Right Into Telemedicine Expansion 09/05/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 375 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
Just days after a new rule to potentially expand the use of telemedicine in workers’ comp took effect in Texas, occupational medicine provider Concentra announced Tuesday that it had launched telemedicine services in the state. ...Read More

Postdoctoral Fellow Disputes Comp as Remedy for Lab Explosion 09/05/2018
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 196 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A University of Hawaii researcher who was told workers’ compensation is her only remedy for injuries sustained in a lab explosion is asking the state’s high court to find that she wasn’t an employee, according to a report by ...Read More

Panel Tosses Mechanic's PPD Award as Unsupported by Evidence 09/05/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 110 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel overturned an award of permanent partial disability benefits to a mechanic, finding that the evidence did not support a conclusion that he had suffered a compensable injury. ...Read More

Preauthorization Credited for Reducing Compound Costs 09/04/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 232 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 46 min read
Regulatory changes, improved claims management and increased awareness of potential problems have all contributed to dramatic decreases in prescribing of compounded medications to injured workers, according to one pharmacy benefit manager. ...Read More

Pacific Hospital Defendants Say QME Process Won't Resolve Restitution Dispute 08/30/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1304 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
Defendants convicted of various roles in the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach scheme said a suggestion to use independent doctors to review medical necessity for kickback-induced surgeries is unworkable. ...Read More

Public Actuary Martin Simons Dead at 76 08/30/2018
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 166 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 60 min read
Martin Simons, a public consulting actuary who frequently testified as a consumer advocate during workers’ compensation rate hearings, died on Aug. 23 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was 76. ...Read More
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