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Workers’ Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse
Posted on 1 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) - Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. • Joseph Paduda, principal... Read More

Medications We Frequently See in Workers’ Comp Physician Reports
Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

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... Read More

Missouri: Employer Penalized for Lapses in Prescription Payments
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Martin Klug

The employer’s failure to provide medical treatment for several months did not waive its right to designate a medical provider, according to the Commission, which rejected an argument that 287.140 allowed prospective waiver to designate medical... Read More

Impact of Florida Law Targeting Physician-Dispensed Opioids: Results Show More Reform Required
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The latest report on Florida from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is a trifecta in the sense that it addresses topics that arguably are the current “top three” workers’ compensation drug... Read More

CDC Posts Latest Report on Prescription Drug Overdoses
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by Workers' Compensation Law Community Staff

The authors call for mandatory education for physicians as a prerequisite for obtaining Drug Enforcement Administration registration. Read more at the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . Read More

Prescriptions Part Two: Delaware IAB Once Again Preserves Carrier Right To Utilize Preferred Drug Vendors
Posted on 7 Mar 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I am thinking that some of y'all do not read my blog. If you did, you would have read my post of 10/10/11, "A Penny saved is a penny earned: Does claimant have the right to refuse ExpressScripts?" You could have printed a copy of the ruling... Read More

Impact of Reform on Prevalence/Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs - WCRI Study Shows Promising Results Overall of Amending Reimbursement Rates
Posted on 20 Sep 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Enhancing the regulation of physician-dispensed drugs is one tactic that workers’ compensation jurisdictions use in the war against the opioid epidemic that is costing workers’ compensation systems millions of dollars... Read More

How Washington State Is Beating the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by John Stahl

Washington State Combines Preferred Drug List and Volume Buying By John Stahl, Esq. Like the weather, increasingly high costs of the deluge of prescription drugs prompt complaints by everyone who provides workers’ compensation coverage... Read More

Missouri: Court Dilutes Claimant’s Drug Cocktail
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More

Comfortably Numb: The Impact of Prescription Pain Medications on the Proper Determination of Permanent Disability
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

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... Read More

Federal Agents Arrest Two Dozen Boeing Employees in Prescription Drug Abuse Sting
Posted on 5 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration have arrested employees and former employees of Boeing's Ridley Park, Pennsylvania plant and one non-employee in a coordinated, long-term, undercover effort aimed... Read More