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Paduda: Opioid Use in Work Comp has Dropped — and Cannabis Does Reduce Chronic Pain 03/07/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1380 | 0
Several states have seen precipitous decreases in the amount of opioids dispensed per claim. Kentucky, New York, Maryland and Michigan all saw reductions in excess of 35%. ...Read More

Paduda: Who's Going to Pay for the Opioid Crisis? 02/24/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1067 | 0
Insurers are loosening policy language to allow more treatment for opioid addiction. Treatment centers and providers are opening, expanding and increasing services to meet growing demand.  ...Read More

Paduda: ACA Deathwatch: The Impact on Workers' Comp 01/19/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1310 | 0
With Republicans getting closer to repealing Affordable Care Act, it’s time to consider how this would impact workers’ compensation. ...Read More

Paduda: Whither Workers' Comp in 2017 — Part II 12/30/2016
Source: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1426 | 0
Thursday's post prognosticated about macro-drivers of workers comp; employment, investment returns, medical costs. Today’s focus is on what those macro-drivers mean for discrete parts of the work comp world – so here are the next five predictions. 6. Winner...Read More

Paduda: Whither Workers' Comp in 2017 — Part I 12/29/2016
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1302 | 0
It’s time to polish up the Health Strategy Associates crystal ball and prognosticate on what the next year will bring for workers’ comp. ...Read More

Paduda: Trump and Workers' Comp 11/21/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1884 | 0
There’s no question the Republican sweep will hugely affect workers’ comp. ...Read More

Paduda: What's Really Happening in Workers' Comp 11/07/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1125 | 0
Injury rates are plummeting, insurance premium rates are flat or dropping, and medical costs are down as well. ...Read More

Paduda: Why Are Work Comp Medical Costs Decreasing? 10/25/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 699 | 0 | Popular with Other
Medical costs were up a mere 3% in 2014, and actually dropped by a point in 2015 (in National Council on Compensation Insurance states). ...Read More

Paduda: Takeaways From DOL's State Workers' Compensation Report 10/07/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 652 | 0
After discussing Wednesday's meeting at the Department of Labor with several colleagues and reviewing notes, here are my key takeaways. ...Read More

Paduda: What Medicare's Reimbursement Changes Mean for Work Comp 09/28/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 891 | 0
It isn’t possible to exaggerate the implications of the changes to Medicare’s provider fee schedule. ...Read More
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