CWCI Research Spotlights Fentanyl Prescribing Patterns in California Workers’ Comp

In a study published last month, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute found that the top 10% of doctors who prescribe extremely potent, highly addictive Schedule II opioids for injured workers in California account for nearly 80% of all workers’ compensation prescriptions for these...

The Year in Review: Top 10 Workers’ Comp Fraud News Stories

Workers’ compensation fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes. Here are 10 news stories from 2011 that caught our eye: 1. Grandpa Used Granddaughter to Sell His Workers' Compensation Drugs (OH) - Donald Fisher has pleaded guilty to one count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a...

The Year in Review: Top 10 Workers’ Comp Fraud News Stories

Workers’ compensation fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes. Here are 10 news stories from 2011 that caught our eye: 1. Grandpa Used Granddaughter to Sell His Workers' Compensation Drugs (OH) - Donald Fisher has pleaded guilty to one count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a fourth...

Comfortably Numb: The Impact of Prescription Pain Medications on the Proper Determination of Permanent Disability

It may be an unfortunate reality but narcotics are a common aspect of medical treatment within the workers’ compensation system. As pain is an extremely individual experience, it is difficult if not impossible to assess whether the medications prescribed are excessive, inadequate or appropriate...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

Missouri: Court Dilutes Claimant’s Drug Cocktail

The Missouri court of appeals affirmed a decision to dilute a drug cocktail, but the decision came with a twist with a warning about attorney’s fees. In Noel v ABB Combustion Engineering , ED 98446 (Mo. App. 11-13-2012) the injured worker obtained a final award for permanent and total disability...