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Despite Recent Declines, Opioids Continue to Top the List of California Workers’ Comp Drugs
Posted on 5 May 2016 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Oakland - The use of opioids in California workers’ compensation has declined in recent years, along with the associated payments, yet these potentially addictive painkillers remain the number one therapeutic drug group used in the system according... Read More

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

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

WCRI Studies Show 75 Percent of Injured Workers Get Opioids, But Don’t Get Opioid Management Services
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

Two new studies published by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) show that on average three out of four injured workers in the United States receive opioid prescriptions for pain relief following workplace injuries and that generally... Read More

Federal: Massachusetts Federal Court Strikes Down State Regulation Limiting Sale of New Opioid
Posted on 11 Jul 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A federal district court, indicating that state lawmakers “may not use vague regulations to sidestep or countermand federal law” for opioid dispensing, has struck down two Massachusetts regulations that would ban or limit sales of Zohydro... Read More

Strong Correlation Between Nonopoid Substance Abuse Disorders and Therapeutic Opioid Addiction
Posted on 7 Mar 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

Patients with such disorders 28 times more likely to become addicted to opioids Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of... Read More

Innovations in Workers’ Compensation Regulation From the IAIABC Conference, 2016
Posted on 17 Oct 2016 by Robin E. Kobayashi

By Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Counsel, Verrill Dana LLP, Portland, ME Innovation isn’t always the first word associated with the regulation of workers’ compensation, but innovation was in the forefront of the Commissioners and Associate... Read More

Why California Workers’ Comp Is So Hard to Manage: A Snapshot of the 52nd Annual CWCI Conference
Posted on 25 Mar 2016 by Julius Young

If one was trying to track hot topics and trends in California workers’ comp, a good place to start would have been a recent March conference in Oakland attended by many prominent stakeholder representatives. Oakland’s Marriott Hotel was... Read More

PMSI and Ameritox Launch Program to Enhance Quality and Effectiveness of Opioid Therapy
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

TAMPA , FL and BALTIMORE, MD – PMSI, one of the nation’s largest providers of specialty products and services for the workers’ compensation market, and Ameritox, the nation’s leader in pain medication monitoring solutions, today... Read More

Drug Tests Often Give False Positives, Certain Opioid Drugs Not Screened
Posted on 24 May 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

NEW ORLEANS, LA - At a recent American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting, Dwight Smith, MD, of Boston Medical Center, gave a presentation on how drug abuse tests often give inaccurate results and how most standard drug tests don't screen... Read More