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  • Arizona Joins States Enacting Opioid Prescribing Restrictions

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Feb 22, 2018
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    Opioids
    Arizona’s Governor recently signed into law Senate Bill 1001 which, among other changes, establishes several new requirements for prescribing and dispensing opioids. Most notably, Arizona has gone the route of several other states over the last couple of years by enacting days’ supply and morphine milligram equivalent (MME) limits on prescriptions for these medications.


  • A change in federal policy on marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jan 30, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana
    Earlier this month United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) United States Attorneys that rescinded previous memoranda directed specifically at the enforcement of existing federal laws and prosecutorial discretion concerning marijuana. The memorandum is effective immediately. This memorandum initiates a policy change from the previous DOJ policy, which may impact marijuana enforcement at the Federal and State level. Despite this federal policy change, our guiding philosophy on the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of pain has not changed.


  • Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Moves to Close Compound Drug Loophole

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jan 18, 2018
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    formulary, Compounded Medications
    After gathering and analyzing data on the utilization and cost components of compounded medications in Texas under their Closed Formulary, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) is poised to make a positive rule change for Texas stakeholders.


  • New York Workers’ Comp. Board Proposes Pharmacy Formulary

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jan 04, 2018
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    Formularies
    The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has officially proposed rules to establish a prescription drug formulary in response to legislation passed earlier this year. That legislation required the Board to “establish” the formulary on or before December 31, 2017; however, the rules propose effective dates of July 1, 2018 for new prescriptions and December 31, 2018 for refill and renewal prescriptions, regardless of date of injury. Those dates may be adjusted further as a result of the rule-making process.






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