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CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs
Posted on 12 Jan 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer... Read More

New Study Links Pre-Injury Opioid and Benzodiazepine Use with Risk and Cost of Post-Injury Disability
Posted on 20 Apr 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A study to be published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine supports the widely-held — although not thoroughly documented — notion that pre-injury opioid and benzodiazepine use may increase the risk and cost of disability... Read More

New Study Documents Significant Increases in Fatal Benzodiazepine Overdoses
Posted on 17 Mar 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Fatal Overdoses Increased Five-Fold from 1996 to 2013 According to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health [ See Bachhuber, Marcus A., MD, MSHP, et al., “ Increasing Benzodiazepine Prescriptions and Overdose Mortality... Read More

Understanding Geographic Variation in the Use of Treatment Guidelines for Occupational Injuries
Posted on 5 Feb 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

Greater medical consensus could reduce geographic variability A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that there is geographic variation in the use of medical treatment guidelines that reaches... Read More

New York Workers’ Compensation: The Year in Review 2016
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Ronald E. Weiss & Ronald Balter

By Ronald E. Weiss, Esq. and Ronald Balter, Esq. The year 2016 started with some expectation of substantial “reform” being enacted in the Workers’ Compensation Law. As part of his executive budget, Governor Cuomo proposed some of... Read More

Medical Marijuana and Opioids in the Workplace
Posted on 25 Aug 2017 by Albert B. Randall Jr.

By Albert B. Randall, Jr., Esq., Franklin & Prokopik, P.C. Navigating federal and state laws regarding medical marijuana and dealing with the workplace implications of the national opioid epidemic are challenging issues facing many businesses today... Read More

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)
Posted on 3 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL: IAIABC Drafts Model Legislation on Opioid Use . US DOL... Read More

Ag Claims, Physical Medicine and High-Cost Opioids All Common on California’s Central Coast
Posted on 22 Feb 2017 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has issued a new “Regional Score Card,” the sixth in its research series that looks at workers’ comp claims experience in 8 different regions of California. The new Score Card... Read More

An Alternative to Opioids: A Mind-Body Approach to Pain Management
Posted on 12 Apr 2018 by Roger Rabb

A recent webinar discussed one approach to reducing reliance on dangerous opioids for pain management By Roger Rabb, J.D. The opioid epidemic is perhaps the biggest health crisis facing the U.S today, as an estimated 115 Americans die from an opioid... Read More

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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

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

Interrelationship Between Personal and Occupational Risk Factors Complicates Opioid/Benzodiazepine Crisis
Posted on 1 Dec 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Building on prior research, a recent study sponsored in part by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) identifies eight models that demonstrate the interrelationships... Read More

How to Help Injured Workers Reduce Opioid Dependency
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 by Deborah Kohl

Massachusetts implements new opioid diversion track By Deborah G. Kohl, Esq. The significance of opioid dependency is clear to all participants in the field of workers’ compensation. The real issue facing the parties is how to deal with this... Read More

California: Unreasonable Denial of Medical Treatment by Abruptly Withdrawing Authorization for Injured Worker’s Opioid Pain Medication
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Both utilization review physician and MTUS expressly recommended slow tapering of opioid pain medications The WCAB, in a split panel opinion, rescinded a WCJ’s order denying the applicant’s petition for penalty under Labor Code § 5814... Read More