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New Progressive Medical White Paper Addresses Medical Foods in Workers’ Compensation

White paper offers insight on managing the rising expense of medical foods WESTERVILLE, Ohio--Progressive Medical, Inc. ( http://www.progressive-medical.com ) released a new white paper, “Managing the Medical Foods Dilemma.” The white paper addresses the increasing role medical foods...

“Off Label” Uses of Medical Products and Services

By Vernon Sumwalt, Esq. Under most workers’ compensation programs, coverage for medical treatment differs from the coverage afforded by other plans. For example, state workers’ compensation programs often cover “reasonable and necessary” medical expenses related to an injury...

Off-Label Drugs and Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL, LLC With the addition of Part D to the Medicare program in 2006, Medicare set-aside allocations (“MSAs”) grew exponentially overnight. The problem was further exacerbated by the April 9, 2009 CMS memo mandating that the preferred method...

NCCI Addresses Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drugs Costs

Increased Utilization of Predominantly Expensive Drugs Fuel Cost Rise An August 2011 research brief by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) analyzed the trend of prescription drugs constituting a disproportionately high percentage of workers' compensation expenses. The...

Medications We Frequently See in Workers’ Comp Physician Reports

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following chart lists the brand or common and chemical names of drugs we regularly see in our cases embedded in medical-legal reports, treating physician reports and subpoenaed medical records. Some physicians randomly use the brand names, and others use the chemical name...

Medications We Frequently See in Workers’ Comp Physician Reports

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following chart lists the brand or common and chemical names of drugs we regularly see in our cases embedded in medical-legal reports, treating physician reports and subpoenaed medical records. Some physicians randomly use the brand names, and others use the chemical name...

CWCI Finds Use of Compounded Drugs in California Workers’ Comp Are Down, But Payments Are Up

New CWCI research shows that compounded drugs accounted for a declining share of California workers’ compensation prescriptions last year following reforms intended to contain the use and associated costs of these drugs and changes in how they are billed, but despite this decline, compound drug...

CWCI Finds Use of Compounded Drugs in California Workers’ Comp Are Down, But Payments Are Up

New CWCI research shows that compounded drugs accounted for a declining share of California workers’ compensation prescriptions last year following reforms intended to contain the use and associated costs of these drugs and changes in how they are billed, but despite this decline, compound drug...

Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The current trend across the country is to require evidence-based medicine for treatment of employees who are injured on the job. Statutory and regulatory mandates are emerging on a state-by-state basis. Stakeholders within the workers’ compensation community are not...

Opioids – The Grand Debate

An examination of ACOEM’s newly revised opioid practice guidelines for treatment of pain By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. We hate statistics but policymakers can’t live without them. For example, 100 million residents of the United States have chronic pain according to a 2011 report from...