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Preauthorization Credited for Reducing Compound Costs 09/04/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 236 | 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 | 1310 | 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 | 170 | 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

Pam Victor to Lead AP Intego's New Bay Area Office 08/29/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 210 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
AP Intego Insurance Group, a national small-business insurance agency, has hired Pamela "Pam" Victor as director of West Coast operations. ...Read More

Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty in Compounded Capsule Conspiracy 08/24/2018
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 155 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A pharmacy owner in Ashland, Kentucky, has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to misbrand oxycodone and hydrocodone, which were compounded into capsules for purposes that were not medically legitimate. ...Read More

Physicians: Spine Surgery Doesn't Work; Workers Need Mindfulness 08/21/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1270 | 3 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
ORLANDO, Florida — Instead of a paying for a $100,000 spinal fusion operation that has little chance of succeeding, insurers should instead send an injured worker to a course in mindfulness or offer cognitive behavior therapy, two panels of nationally and regionally known doctors ...Read More

Pew, IAIABC Release Opioid Inventory of Efforts in 33 States 08/21/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 234 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 92 min read
States that limit initial opioid prescriptions to three days, and those that offer opioid-weaning programs, are more likely to see success in battling the addiction crisis, according to an Opioid Policy Inventory that aims to track initiatives across the country. ...Read More

Public Employer Had Just Cause to Terminate Injured Employee 08/15/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 186 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that a public employer had just cause to terminate an injured worker who could not return to his job. ...Read More
Proposed Rules Address Opioid Prescribing, Wage Calculation 08/14/2018
State: VT | Segment: EAST | 188 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 114 min read
The Vermont Department of Labor is proposing several rule amendments, including a requirement that medical providers who prescribe opioids to injured workers to comply with state protocols. The proposed change to 11.1400 and 12.1730 rule would require medical providers who ...Read More

Premium Level to Rise 1.2% 08/13/2018
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 152 min read
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has approved a 1.2% increase in the overall average pure premium level, effective Jan. 1, the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Insurers Association reporte...Read More
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