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  • New York Workers’ Compensation Board to offer training seminars for drug formulary process

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    • The Policy Matters team
    | Oct 08, 2019
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    Formularies, formulary, PBM formulary, State Formulary, New York, Opioids, Government Affairs
    The New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has released an update on how payers and medical providers can comply with the drug formulary prior authorization process and access the medical portal.


  • Novartis halts distribution of ranitidine products, generic for Zantac®, as precaution during investigation of possible contamination

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Sep 19, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Clinical, recall, FDA
    On September 18, 2019, Novartis announced it is stopping the distribution of its Sandoz division’s ranitidine, generic for Zantac®, until further notice. This decision was made as a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement on September 13 that low levels of a human carcinogen were found in some ranitidine products.


  • New federal workers’ comp opioid policy imposes additional limitations

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    • The Policy Matters team
    | Sep 17, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Opioids, Department of Labor
    A new opioid policy imposing additional fill limitations and reducing the 60-day period for required prior approval has been announced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC).


  • 5 Advanced Ways Clinical Expertise Can Improve Workers’ Comp Outcomes

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    • Risk & Insurance
    | Aug 01, 2019
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    PBM, Clinical Intervention, Clinical
    Caring for injured workers should involve more than just processing transactions. Applying a clinical approach from the onset of an injury ensures more appropriate care and better outcomes.


  • States continue to approve medical marijuana ―
    could this open the door to use in workers’ comp?

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    • Kevin Tribout
    • Adam Fowler
    | Jul 31, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, Clinical, Chronic Pain, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    More and more states are reversing course and expanding support for medical marijuana, even though, not that long ago, these states disapproved of it. Could the groundswell of support among states for medical marijuana open the door to use in workers’ comp? Read more on our blog.


  • Texas governor signs opioid control legislation

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    | Jun 21, 2019
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    Pain Management, Pharmacy, Government Affairs, Opioids
    A new Texas law to curb opioid abuse includes prescribing restrictions for opioid treatment of acute pain. Effective September 1, 2019, when prescribing for treatment of acute pain, a provider may not prescribe opioids for more than a 10-day supply or refill an opioid.


  • Minnesota enacts opioid prescribing limits

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 03, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Pain Management, Government Affairs, Clinical
    Minnesota has enacted legislation to address the opioid epidemic that includes opioid prescription and dispensing limitations for acute pain and initial prescriptions. The new policy expands upon prior narrower limitations. These new limitations take effect August 1, 2019.



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