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  • Indiana publishes workers’ comp drug formulary guidance

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Dec 10, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Government Affairs, Formularies
    The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) recently posted “guidance for implementation” of the drug formulary scheduled to take effect January 1, 2019


  • Over $100 billion in Medicare savings attributable to Medicare Secondary Payer Act

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    • Rafael Gonzalez
    | Dec 06, 2018
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    Medicare Secondary Payer, Medicare Set-Aside, medicareinsights blog, Workers' Compensation, Settlement Solutions, Settlement
    The Medicare Secondary Payer Act turns 38 years old in December 2018. While it’s credited with saving more than $100 billion in taxpayers’ money since 1999, it’s not without its critics. Find out the impact of workers’ compensation, the pros and cons of MSP and what’s ahead. Read more on our blog.


  • Pharmacy Resource Guide 2018

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Dec 05, 2018
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    Opioids, Workers' Compensation, Pharmacy, Morphine Equivalent Dose, Medication Safety, Medication Plans, Medication Analysis
    Our latest Pharmacy Resource Guide identifies our Top 10 therapeutic classes; our Top 25 medications as a percentage of total spend, number of prescriptions and generic spend; plus latest trends from NCCI and a Brand-Generic Index of commonly-used workers’ compensation medications.


  • Lyrica® generic delayed until summer 2019 and Pfizer to increase drug prices

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    • Optum
    | Nov 29, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Pharmacy, Clinical
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended the period of market exclusivity for Lyrica® for six months, delaying the Lyrica generic. And Pfizer plans to increase prices. Read more on our blog.


  • Colorado adopts revised workers’ comp medical fee schedule rule

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    • Optum
    | Nov 12, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Physician Dispensing, Opioids
    The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation has released its updated Medical Fee Schedule rule (Rule 18) and Medical Treatment Exhibits for 2019. The updated fee schedule will be in effect for all dates of service on or after January 1, 2019 and several important changes have been made to the new fee schedule rule.


  • Four states vote on status of medical and recreational marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 08, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Pain Management, Medical Marijuana
    Four states voted on the status of medical and recreational marijuana on Election Day, November 2018. Missouri and Utah voters weighed in on medical marijuana and Michigan and South Dakota voters cast ballots deciding whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.


  • FDA approves new opioid analgesic - Dsuvia™ (sufentanil sublingual tablet)

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 06, 2018
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    Pain Management, Opioids, FDA, Clinical
    On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first and only sufentanil sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablet for acute pain in healthcare settings, Dsuvia (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg).



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