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CWCI Examines Prescription Drug UR/IMR Outcomes Under the California Workers’ Comp Formulary
Posted on 26 Jul 2018 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Oakland, CA – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis offers a preliminary look at Utilization Review (UR) and Independent Medical Review (IMR) outcomes involving pharmaceutical requests for California injured workers... Read More

RAND Issues Report on Proposed California Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary
Posted on 3 Aug 2017 by Brad Wixen

How might the proposed drug formulary impact California? Assembly Bill (hereafter “AB”) 1124 required the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) in California to implement a drug formulary no later than July 1, 2017. The... Read More

WCRI Conference Focuses on Combating the Opioid Epidemic
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Deborah Kohl

By Deborah G. Kohl, Esq. The last several years have seen the “opioid epidemic” become the hot topic in the workers’ compensation industry. It is a problem that everyone from elected officials, government agencies, insurance carriers... Read More

CWCI Models Formulary’s Impact on California Workers’ Comp Prescription Drugs
Posted on 31 Aug 2016 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Oakland – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study uses data from 1.2 million drug prescriptions dispensed to California injured workers in 2014 to model the impact of the draft Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule ... Read More

Drug Formularies, Texas Style: Coming Soon to a State Near You?
Posted on 13 Jul 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. As policymakers, risk managers, and insurers... Read More

CWCI Study Examines Potential Impact of a Drug Formulary in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 7 Oct 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows that adopting a state-mandated workers’ comp prescription drug formulary such as those used in Texas and Washington State could reduce California workers’ compensation pharmacy... Read More

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: An Effective Front in the Prescription Drug Abuse War?
Posted on 23 May 2014 by Teresa McLoughlin Rice

Over the past two decades, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise. The public health dangers associated with this disturbing trend are self-evident. In an ongoing effort to curb this abuse, most states have over the years adopted some form of electronic... 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

CWCI Study Analyzes the Impact of California’s Proposed Formulary and Drug List
Posted on 3 Aug 2017 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Oakland - More than 30 percent of the prescription drugs currently dispensed to injured workers in California will be classified as “Exempt Drugs” and will no longer require authorization prior to dispensing under conditions outlined in the... Read More