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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...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

California 2007 Reforms Reduced Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs: Study Shows Success Spawned Imitators

The fact that the 53-percent of all of the 2010/2011 prescriptions in the California workers’ compensation system that physicians dispensed cost a proportional 52-percent of the total for every prescription in the system showed the effectiveness of March 2007 reforms. The new guidelines regarding...

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...

Role of Age Regarding Workers’ Compensation May Be Exaggerated

NCCI Suggests Younger and Older Employees’ Claims Are Comparable By John Stahl, Esq. Recent research by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., (NCCI) questions the belief that the aging American workforce is at the eye of the perfect storm related to workers’ compensation...

CWCI Study Measures Outcomes for Claims with Physician-Dispensed Repackaged Drugs

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows that on average, California work injury claims from 2002 through 2011 that involved physician-dispensed repackaged drugs had 17 percent higher medical benefit costs, 13 percent higher indemnity costs and 9 percent more lost-time days...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (5/28/2013)

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: Physician Fee Schedules Work More for Evaluation/Management, Not Surgery . Physician Dispensed Share...