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Research on Risks, Effectiveness of Long-Term Opioid Pain Therapy Given a Failing Grade
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Roger Rabb

Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter As physicians continue to prescribe opioids such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine to help patients with chronic pain, there is a growing concern that... Read More

California: Slow Taper of Opioid Usage: UR Decisions Must Be Consistent With the MTUS
Posted on 15 Nov 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In McCool v. Monterey Bay Medicar , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s award of medical treatment in the form of Oxycontin, Norco and Lyrica to the applicant who sustained an industrial low back injury on 9/17... Read More

West Virginia: High Court Says Claimant’s Continued OxyContin Prescriptions Not Compensable
Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

In a memorandum decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia affirmed the denial of continued use of OxyContin to an injured worker who sustained a back injury in August 1992, yet who complained of continuing back pain 23 years later, at the... Read More

McCool
Posted on 22 Nov 2014 by Julius Young

Can an insurer submit medication prescription requests to utilization review (UR) even where those medications have been repeatedly authorized before? That question has been hotly debated in California workers’ comp circles after a recent WCAB... Read More

Utilization Rates as Primary Drivers of Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Costs
Posted on 5 Oct 2013 by John Stahl

NCCI Study Analyzes Medical Benefits Expenses Knowing that high prescription drug costs are a large component of the current challenges related to curbing workers’ compensation expenses is of limited value. Finding feasible methods to reduce... Read More

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: October to December 2013
Posted on 6 Jan 2014 by Keith J. Kasper

This list of recent noteworthy cases was compiled by Keith J. Kasper of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC. VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Nguyen v. Best Foods Baking Co. , Opinion No. 22-13WC (October 2, 2013) Claimant’s... Read More

NCCI Addresses Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drugs Costs
Posted on 20 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part One): The Problem
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq., Downs Stanford, P.C. A November 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report describes prescription painkiller abuse as “a public health epidemic.” The CDC concludes that “improving the way... 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

Amputated Fingertips, Marijuana, and Oxycontin Vapors: Larson's and the Law of Intoxication
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Whether proof that a workers’ compensation claimant ingested marijuana or another illegal substance within a relevant period before sustaining otherwise compensable harm justified denying workers’ compensation benefits... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: ... 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

CWCI Estimates California Workers’ Comp Drug Testing Costs Hit $98 Million in 2011
Posted on 23 May 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that widespread use of narcotic painkillers to treat work-related injuries – including relatively minor injuries where their use is not supported by medical evidence -- has... Read More

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

The most disturbing conclusion that the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) presented in a webinar entitled “Use of Narcotics and Compliance with Guidelines” was that many workers’ compensation claimants (claimants... Read More