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50 State Legislative Survey At a Glance for Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Thomas A. Robinson

Quite a few years ago I had the pleasure of participating, along with Emeritus Professor Arthur Larson and a few others, in a small, lively, interactive, non-musical “jam session” at Duke University Law School, during which we discussed various... Read More

WCAB Split Panel Ends Opioid Treatment: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/8/2013)
Posted on 8 Nov 2013 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the November 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All... 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physician and MTUS expressly recommended slow tapering of opioid pain medications The WCAB, in a split panel opinion, rescinded a WCJ’s order denying the applicant’s petition for penalty under Labor Code § 5814...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

Prevalence of Opioids in California Workers’ Comp Holding At Near-Record Highs
Posted on 13 May 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Despite efforts to curb the use and cost of opioids in California workers’ comp, new CWCI research finds the use of these drugs has remained at record levels since 2010, that virtually the same 3% of high-volume Schedule II opioid prescribing doctors... Read More

Drugstore Cowboy: DE Supreme Court Upholds Carrier's Right to Supply Medication Through a Preferred Vendor
Posted on 16 Jul 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

I just love it when I get the scoop first. Came back from lunch to the message below from my dear one Walt Schmittinger. Not only is Walt the progeny of the late great dean of workers' comp, Jay Schmittinger, he is also always at the cutting edge... Read More

California: Arbitrary UR Cycles of Denials and Authorizations for Prescription Medications
Posted on 22 Jan 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Defendants can submit every prescription request to UR, but is this cost effective and does it fulfill their obligation to provide appropriate medical treatment to cure or relieve injured workers from the effects of their industrial injuries? In Cordova... 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

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

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. and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved... Read More