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Use of Compound Drugs, Co-Packs and Medical Foods in California Workers’ Comp Up Sharply

A new CWCI study on California workers’ compensation prescriptions shows the use of compound drugs, medical foods, and so-called convenience packs (“co-packs”) that combine prescription drugs and medical foods, increased dramatically in the second quarter of 2007 – coinciding...

CA: CHSWC Published Use Of Compound Drugs And Medical Foods In CA's WC

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the release of the Working Paper “Use of Compound Drugs, Medical Foods, and Co-Packs in California’s Workers’ Compensation Program: An Overview of the Issues...

Healthcare Solutions Identifies Workers’ Compensation Future Trends and Potential Impacts

Healthcare Solutions, a medical cost management firm, released a paper on May 3, 2011, at the annual conference of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), identifying 10 emerging trends in medical treatment of workplace injuries. These trends are summarized below: Greater use of surgical...

California: Ogilvie Petition to Supreme Court Pending

The lengthy saga in the Ogilvie v W.C.A.B./City & County of San Francisco v W.C.A.B . will continue for at least a while longer as the Defendant in the case, C&CSF has file a Petition for Hearing in the Supreme Court seeking review of the 1st District’s rather confusing decision in its...

California: Ogilvie Petition to Supreme Court Pending

The lengthy saga in the Ogilvie v W.C.A.B./City & County of San Francisco v W.C.A.B . will continue for at least a while longer as the Defendant in the case, C&CSF has file a Petition for Hearing in the Supreme Court seeking review of the 1st District’s rather confusing decision in its...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (5/20/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Rep. Reichert Files H.R. 1982 Medicare Secondary Payer Workers Comp Bill . AIA Supports H.R. 1982 Medicare...

The Blessing and the Curses of Compounded Drugs: Insurer Pulls Coverage Following Meningitis Outbreak

By John Stahl, Esq. The FDA website defines “pharmacy compounding” as “a practice in which a licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, or alters ingredients in response to a prescription to create a medication tailored to the medical needs of an individual patient.” A simpler way...

50 State Legislative Survey At a Glance for Workers’ Compensation

Quite a few years ago I had the pleasure of participating, along with Emeritus Professor Arthur Larson and a few others, in a small, lively, interactive, non-musical “jam session” at Duke University Law School, during which we discussed various aspects of American jurisprudence. The ad hoc...

CompPharma Is Bearish on Compound Drugs

Prescriber beware! That’s the takeaway message from a recent white paper, “Compounding is Confounding Workers’ Compensation” authored by representatives of CompPharma’s member Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Their research looks at the cost, safety and efficacy of compound drugs...

Prescription Drug Trends for 2013 Include Hard Pills to Swallow

The recently released research from pharmacy benefit manager The Express Scripts Lab in the “2013 Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report” is equivalent to the State of the Union regarding prescription drug benefits for injured workers. These conclusions reflect data from workers’...

California: Accounts Receivable Purchase of Liens at Reduced Value - Trade Secret or Not?

"AR companies have become a cottage industry that now fills the courts with significant and sometimes unnecessary lien litigation on issues, many as such are presented in the instant petition.” In Gonzalez v. Thang Vi Duong, Inc., 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel denied...

2014 Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues

The new edition of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis (LexisNexis) is a veritable cornucopia of expert analysis, provocative commentary, and a 50 state survey of workers’ compensation legislation in 2014 As with last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Larson Series Workers’...

Purchase of Accounts Receivable Not a Trade Secret: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/25/2014)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for December 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Landmark Medical Management, Petitioner...

New CWCI Study Looks at Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp

A new analysis of independent medical review decisions issued in 2014 suggests that the medical dispute resolution process mandated by the workers’ compensation reform bill enacted in 2012 is working to assure that the treatment provided to California injured worker meets evidence-based medicine...