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AK: New WC Prescription Drug Regulation Effective July 31

Juneau, AK (CompNewsNetwork) - Under a new regulation that governs prescription drugs provided to an employee as a medical benefit under the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act, generic drugs must be dispensed. An employee may choose a name-brand drug, but the cost difference must be paid by the employee...

Medications Every Lawyer and Judge Should Know

© Copyright 2010 by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group. All rights reserved. Excerpted from The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation , 2011 Edition (available December 2010). The following chart lists the brand...

How Washington State Is Beating the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

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 and benefits. A November 16, 2011 session at the...

Medications We Frequently See in Workers’ Comp Physician Reports

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following chart lists the brand or common and chemical names of drugs we regularly see in our cases embedded in medical-legal reports, treating physician reports and subpoenaed medical records. Some physicians randomly use the brand names, and others use the chemical name...

Medications We Frequently See in Workers’ Comp Physician Reports

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following chart lists the brand or common and chemical names of drugs we regularly see in our cases embedded in medical-legal reports, treating physician reports and subpoenaed medical records. Some physicians randomly use the brand names, and others use the chemical name...

Obamacare’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Costs: Experts Predict Greater Drug Utilization and Offer Solutions

By John Stahl, Esq. The near certainty that provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, will contribute to the increasing tendency to prescribe workers’ compensation claimants opioids prompted Risk & Insurance to conduct an October 23, 2012 webinar entitled “Affordable...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/11/2013)

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 NEWS: New Survey on WC Bill Review Shows More Than $2B in Unwarranted Medical Payments . NAIC Posts 2012...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

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 NEWS: 7th Circuit Rejects Liberty Mutual’s Challenge to AIG Class Action Settlement Order . NAIC Ranks...

Generic Drug Pricing Transparency: Kentucky, North Dakota and Arkansas Fight the Good Fight

At the heart of the health care crisis in this country are rising drug costs. How do we control drug costs, particularly generic drugs that account for 80 percent of prescriptions? This year Kentucky became the first state in the nation to enact a generic drug pricing transparency bill that provides...

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...