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Sharing perspectives leads to greater understanding and fuels innovation. The ​Optum Insights ​blog is where we share our perspective and challenge preconceptions to clear a new path forward


  • Answers to Your Most Common Questions about Predictive Analytics in Workers’ Comp

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | May 16, 2019
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    Analytics, Workers Comp, Clinical, Predictive Analytics
    Predictive analytics improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs for payers, but only if used properly. Risk & Insurance interviewed OWCA experts to learn how to apply predictive analytics in workers' compensation.


  • Our Industry Trends Report is now available

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 06, 2019
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    Analytics, Ancillary, Drug Formulary, Medicare Set-Aside, Opioids, Optum Workers Comp Auto No Fault, Predictive Analytics, Settlement Solutions, Workers' Compensation
    A 2018 REVIEW OF THE PREVAILING INDUSTRY INFLUENCES IMPACTING CLAIM OUTCOMES


  • FDA approves the first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdoses

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 29, 2019
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    FDA approved, Clinical, Opioids, Narcan
    On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic for Narcan® Nasal Spray, the life-saving medication used for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdose.


  • Medication Recall: Two lots of fentanyl transdermal system (patch) recalled

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 25, 2019
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    recall, Opioids, Fentanyl, Clinical, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Alvogen, Inc. voluntarily recalled two lots of fentanyl patches 12 mcg/hour at the consumer level.


  • FDA requires label changes for opioid analgesics to guide prescribers when gradual tapering is needed

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 15, 2019
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    FDA, Pharmacy, Opioids, opioid analgesics, Clinical
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication in early April that requires changes to prescribing information for opioid analgesics used in outpatient settings. The goal is to expand the information available to health care providers and patients when opioid analgesics have been prescribed and there is a need to safely decrease the dose or discontinue use of an opioid analgesic


  • Montana and Wyoming enact opioid prescribing limits

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 02, 2019
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    Government Affairs, opioid analgesics, Opioids
    Montana and Wyoming have enacted opioid prescribing limits focused on “opioid-naïve” patients. See our blog to learn the parameters and exceptions to the legislation and impact on workers’ compensation.


  • New generic options available for Flector® Patch

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    | Mar 27, 2019
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    Generics, Clinical
    Teva Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of Flector Patch 1.3% (diclofenac epolamine topical patch), originally manufactured by Pfizer, in the United States (U.S.). Additionally, Greenstone, a Pfizer Company, is also launching an authorized generic version of Flector Patch.



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