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Pain in the Heartland
Posted on 5 May 2014 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Far too often we hear about pill mill doctors who are shut down or even arrested. Rachel Aviv’s article “ Prescription for Disaster ” ( The New Yorker , May 5, 2014) (subscription only) provides insight into the disturbing details of... 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

WCRI Study Strikes Serious Blow to Physician-Dispensed Strong Opioids
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

A significant proportion of physician-dispensed strong opioids may not have been necessary at all Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert... Read More

Medical Costs Impact Workers’ Compensation Premiums Less Than Widely Believed
Posted on 14 Mar 2014 by John Stahl

It’s the Labor Market, Stupid A significant flaw regarding how many experts have analyzed factors that determined the economic costs of workers’ compensation insurance coverage was that these professionals limited their scope to the long... Read More

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/12/2012) – Former Texas Pain Management Physician and Psychiatrist Sentenced To Federal Prison
Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Newsroom Fraud Team

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and... Read More

How Washington State Is Beating the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by John Stahl

Washington State Combines Preferred Drug List and Volume Buying By John Stahl, Esq. Like the weather, increasingly high costs of the deluge of prescription drugs prompt complaints by everyone who provides workers’ compensation coverage... Read More

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid... Read More

Impact of Florida Law Targeting Physician-Dispensed Opioids: Results Show More Reform Required
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The latest report on Florida from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is a trifecta in the sense that it addresses topics that arguably are the current “top three” workers’ compensation drug... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses... Read More

Workers’ Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse
Posted on 1 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) - Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. • Joseph Paduda, principal... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: ... Read More

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by John Stahl

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly... Read More

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by John Stahl

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses... Read More