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New York: Continued Short-Term Med Approved in Spite of Passage of 16 Years
Posted on 14 Dec 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A New York appellate court recently affirmed the Board's decision that claimant’s continued use of Amrix—a muscle relaxant—was medically necessary in spite of the employer/carrier’s argument that the Board's Non-Acute Pain... Read More

Kentucky: Injured Worker May Choose His or Her Own Pharmacy
Posted on 1 Apr 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

A Kentucky appellate court held that pharmacies are “medical providers” for purposes of Rev. Stat. Ann. § 342.020(1). Accordingly, the injured worker’s right to choose his or her own medical provider extended to the selection of... Read More

California: Independent Medical Review Appeals: The Shape of Things to Come
Posted on 16 Aug 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Workers’ Compensation Judges are starting to see appeals of IMR decisions where the parties are raising very interesting arguments at conferences and trials. We expect to see quite a few noteworthy panel decisions in the coming months outlining... Read More

Out of Network/Attorney Directed and Physician Directed Pharmacies
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Jeffrey C. Napolitano

By Jeffrey C. Napolitano Juge Napolitano Guilbeau Ruli Frieman & Whiteley Metairie, LA The total cost of providing prescription medication in Louisiana workers' compensation cases have skyrocketed in the past 3 years. This can be attributed... Read More

CWCI Study Examines Prescribing Patterns for Schedule II Opioids in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 8 Mar 2011 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

The top 10% of doctors who prescribe Schedule II opioids for injured workers in California account for nearly 80% of all workers’ compensation prescriptions for these drugs, 87% of the morphine equivalents, and 88% of the associated payments according... Read More