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WCAB Split Panel Ends Opioid Treatment: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/8/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the November 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Jack O'Day (O'Day), Petitioner...

Survey Says Regulators Must Be More Assertive Regarding Opioid Use

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 industry. That study asked the respondents...

Florida Reforms Effectively Addressing Opioid Plague

The topic of opioid abuse in workers’ compensation largely focuses on the causes and costs of that abuse to the effectiveness of the state-level reforms that address what some experts identify as a “plague.” Particularly alarming opioid-related statistics and the high cost of prescription...

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms

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’ Compensation and Disability Conference &...

Prescription Drug Trends for 2013 Include Hard Pills to Swallow

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. These conclusions reflect data from workers’...

Pain in the Heartland

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 what led one such doctor, an osteopath named Stephen...

Prevalence of Opioids in California Workers’ Comp Holding At Near-Record Highs

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 continue to write more than half of the prescriptions...

California: Unreasonable Denial of Medical Treatment by Abruptly Withdrawing Authorization for Injured Worker’s Opioid Pain Medication

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 , and held that a penalty was justified as the...

Penalty for Abruptly Withdrawing Authorization for Opioid Pain Medication: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/16/2014)

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. County of Riverside, PSI, Petitioner v...

ACOEM Updates Guideline Regarding the Use of Opioids in Safety-Sensitive Jobs

ACOEM tightens guidelines, cautions against the use of opioids in any safety sensitive job, not just motor vehicle driving Much has been written lately on the increased use—both licit and illicit—of opioids. Against this backdrop, concern is mounting over the impact this usage may have...

The One-Two Punch of Benzodiazepines and Opioids on Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs

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 on the law of workers’ compensation. A group...

California: DIR Director Christine Baker Provides Update on Progress of SB 863 Eighteen Months After Operative Date

A report from the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Dana Point, CA By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Without pause, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, took the stage immediately following national basketball...

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries

According to the Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker, “ opioid misuse is a national concern ”. As a result of this “misuse”, the Division of Workers’ Compensation recently posted proposed “ Guidelines for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work Related...

CWCI Study Examines Potential Impact of a Drug Formulary in California Workers’ Comp

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 payments by an estimated $124 million to $420...

California: Slow Taper of Opioid Usage: UR Decisions Must Be Consistent With the MTUS

In McCool v. Monterey Bay Medicar , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s award of medical treatment in the form of Oxycontin, Norco and Lyrica to the applicant who sustained an industrial low back injury on 9/17/83 resulting in three back surgeries. The WCAB...

2014 Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues

The new edition of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis (LexisNexis) is a veritable cornucopia of expert analysis, provocative commentary, and a 50 state survey of workers’ compensation legislation in 2014 As with last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Larson Series Workers’...

Applicant Rebuts 16 Percent Scheduled Rating to Obtain Permanent Total Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (12/16/2014)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for December 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Sutter Medical Foundation, PSI, adjusted...

WCRI Study Strikes Serious Blow to Physician-Dispensed Strong Opioids

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 on the law of workers’ compensation. ...

Opioids – The Grand Debate

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 have chronic pain according to a 2011 report from...

Understanding Geographic Variation in the Use of Treatment Guidelines for Occupational Injuries

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 beyond differences in population characteristics,...

New CWCI Study Looks at Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp

A new analysis of independent medical review decisions issued in 2014 suggests that the medical dispute resolution process mandated by the workers’ compensation reform bill enacted in 2012 is working to assure that the treatment provided to California injured worker meets evidence-based medicine...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/26/2015)

NCCI Symposium Reports First Responder Bills Top List of 2015 Legislation . NCCI Symposium: Dr. Victor Shares Insights on Physician Dispensing . NCCI Symposium: CWCI Shares Insights on Calif. Medical Dispute Resolution . NCCI Symposium: Moody’s Presents U.S. Macro Outlook . NCCI Symposium...

Thomas A. Robinson on Prescription Drugs and Workers’ Compensation

Last week LexisNexis published an Emerging Issues Analysis article on prescription drugs and workers’ compensation written by Thomas A. Robinson, the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law . The article examines opioid use, medical marijuana, physician dispensing, generic drugs...

New Study Documents Significant Increases in Fatal Benzodiazepine Overdoses

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 in the United States, 1996–2013 ,”...

IAIABC Taking Part in Shaping the Future of Workers’ Compensation

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL, LLC On April 20, 2016, the IAIABC kicked off the National Conversation on the Future of Workers’ Compensation at its Forum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In a three hour session, questions were presented to about 100 attendees to debate in round...