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50 State Legislative Survey At a Glance for Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Thomas A. Robinson

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... Read More

Prescription Drug Trends for 2013 Include Hard Pills to Swallow
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by John Stahl

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... Read More

California: Accounts Receivable Purchase of Liens at Reduced Value - Trade Secret or Not?
Posted on 12 Jul 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

"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... Read More

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

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... Read More

Purchase of Accounts Receivable Not a Trade Secret: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/25/2014)
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by California Compensation Cases Staff

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... Read More

California: Ogilvie Petition to Supreme Court Pending
Posted on 13 Sep 2011 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

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... Read More

Drug Formulary: California Expects Substantial Savings But What About Cost Shifting and Provider Behavior?
Posted on 20 Aug 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

By Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law Prescription drugs continue to be a significant contributor to the medical expenses segment of workers’ compensation claim costs, and drug formularies are... Read More

Thomas A. Robinson on Prescription Drugs and Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 24 Jul 2015 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Last week LexisNexis published an Emerging Issues Analysis article on prescription drugs and workers’ compensation written by Thomas A. Robinson, the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law . The article examines opioid use,... Read More

New CWCI Study Looks at Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 25 Apr 2015 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

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... Read More

CWCI Finds Use of Compounded Drugs in California Workers’ Comp Are Down, But Payments Are Up
Posted on 5 Feb 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

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... Read More

CompPharma Is Bearish on Compound Drugs
Posted on 4 Apr 2014 by Teresa McLoughlin Rice

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... Read More

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/15/2016)
Posted on 16 May 2016 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

WCRI Publishes New Study on Ambulatory Surgery Centers . FDA Issues Three New Draft Guidances for Compound Drugs . EEOC Issues New Guidance on Employer-Provided Leave, ADA . AK: WCB Discusses Budget, HB 214 Workers Comp Appeals Commission . ... Read More

The Blessing and the Curses of Compounded Drugs: Insurer Pulls Coverage Following Meningitis Outbreak
Posted on 2 Jul 2013 by John Stahl

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... Read More

CA: CHSWC Published Use Of Compound Drugs And Medical Foods In CA's WC
Posted on 31 Jan 2011 by workerscompensation.com

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’... Read More