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Minnesota: Injured Employee Fails to Establish Need for Long-term Opioids
Posted on 30 Aug 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

The Supreme Court of Minnesota held that an injured worker had failed to establish that his long-term use of Endocet—an opioid—was in line with long-term treatment parameters established pursuant to Minn. R. 5221.6110 (2019). Accordingly,... Read More

Pennsylvania: Employee’s Suicide Was Compensable
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

A decision of Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board awarding death benefits to the surviving spouse and child of an employee who committed suicide was supported by substantial evidence in the record in spite of the fact that the... Read More

New York: Board Appropriately Ordered Claimant to Be Weaned from High Dose of Opioids
Posted on 28 Mar 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

A decision by the New York Board that directed an injured worker to begin a weaning process from his long-term opioid prescription treatment program was supported by substantial evidence, held a state appellate court. The worker’s claim was established... Read More

Nebraska: Employee Need Not Provide Long-Term Out-of-State Opioid Meds to Worker Who Relocates
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

Where an injured Nebraska employee relocated to Florida and there sought long-term opioid medications, combined with benzodiazepines, and muscle relaxants that had been prescribed by a Florida physician, the employer was not required to pay for the treatment... Read More

The One-Two Punch of Benzodiazepines and Opioids on Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

New study finds combined use of these drugs significantly increases workers’ comp costs Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert... Read More

Medical Marijuana Use as An Alternative to Opioid Use for Relief of Chronic Pain
Posted on 22 Aug 2016 by Roger Rabb

A Michigan Survey Suggests That Medical Marijuana Patients Are Decreasing Opioid Use to Treat Chronic Pain Two topics that have received a great deal of attention in recent years regarding the medical treatment of chronic pain have been the use and... Read More

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 by John Stahl

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms By John Stahl, Esq. A November 21, 2013 seminar titled “The Legal Perspective of the Latest Workers’ Compensation Reforms” at the 22nd Annual National Workers’... Read More

WCRI Study Reveals Causal Connection Between Long-Term Opioid Prescribing and Duration of TTD Benefit Periods
Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A recent study published by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) argues that there is indeed a causal relationship between the practice of providing extensive opioid prescriptions to an injured worker and the duration of that workers’... Read More

Opioid Abuse Reduction Efforts in Workers' Compensation Claims Examined
Posted on 26 Jul 2016 by Roger Rabb

A New Report Looks at the Early Data in 25 States to See How Opioid Abuse Reform Efforts are Faring in Workers' Compensation Claims In light of the epidemic in deaths caused by prescription opioid overdoses and abuse building since at least the... Read More

IAIABC Policy Guide on Reducing Opioid Abuse Offers Blueprint for Effective Reform
Posted on 8 Sep 2013 by John Stahl

The bad news is that opioid abuse related to treating chronic pain remains a serious problem for every workers’ compensation system participant. The good news is that many workers’ compensation jurisdictions are increasing their efforts to... Read More

Latest Data on Opioid Use in Workers’ Compensation Claims Reported
Posted on 6 Jul 2017 by Roger Rabb

The 2017 WCRI Report Looks at Data in 26 States to See How Opioid Abuse Reform Efforts are Faring in Workers' Compensation Claims In light of the epidemic in deaths caused by prescription opioid overdoses and abuse building since at least the 1990s... Read More

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Penalty for Abruptly Withdrawing Authorization for Opioid Pain Medication: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/16/2014)
Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for July 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 reserved... Read More

Survey Says Regulators Must Be More Assertive Regarding Opioid Use
Posted on 16 Dec 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. A November 12, 2013 webinar that peer review and drug management firm CID Management of Westlake Village, California sponsored summarized the results of a CID survey of front-line employees and executives in the workers’ compensation... Read More

North Carolina: Worker’s Death from Accidental Overdose of Narcotics is Compensable
Posted on 6 Oct 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina affirmed an award, inter alia, of death benefits to dependents of an injured employee who suffered a compensable back injury in June 2010 and died some four years later, as a result of... Read More

Opioids – The Grand Debate
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

An examination of ACOEM’s newly revised opioid practice guidelines for treatment of pain By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. We hate statistics but policymakers can’t live without them. For example, 100 million residents of the United States... Read More