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  • Kentucky workers’ compensation drug formulary bill signed

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 04, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Formularies, Chronic Pain
    Kentucky House Bill 2, workers’ compensation reform legislation, was recently signed into law. The new law addresses several areas – including requiring the adoption of a drug formulary and additional medical treatment guidelines addressing chronic pain management and opioid use.


  • West Virginia enacts opioid prescribing restrictions

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 03, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids
    On March 27, West Virginia’s governor signed into law Senate Bill 273, comprehensive legislation addressing opioid prescribing and related treatment. The most notable provisions in this bill establish opioid prescribing limits and prescriber requirements for initial, subsequent and ongoing treatment.


  • Indiana Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Bill Signed

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 28, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, formulary, Formularies
    Indiana Senate Bill 369 was recently signed into law. This new law requires implementation of a workers’ compensation drug formulary based on the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary Appendix A, effective initially January 1, 2019.


  • Florida Enacts Opioid Prescribing Restrictions

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 22, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids
    On March 19 the Florida Governor signed into law, legislation containing numerous provisions aimed at curbing and controlling the opioid crisis in Florida. This legislation, House Bill 21, includes several provisions called for, and supported by the Governor since efforts to address opioids failed in 2017, and is seen as a first step for Florida against the opioid scourge.


  • Safety concerns regarding sterile compounded products from Cantrell Drug Company

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 14, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, recall, FDA, Compounded Medications
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to health care professionals and is urging consumers to stop using sterile products, including opioid products and other medications intended for sterile injection, produced by Cantrell Drug Company in Little Rock, Arkansas. According to the FDA, they are “concerned about serious deficiencies in Cantrell’s compounding operations, including its processes to ensure quality and sterility assurance that put patient safety at risk.” If compounded injectable products are not sterile and are prepared in non-sterile environments, administering the medications to patients can result in serious, possibly life-threatening infections.


  • WCRC contractor transition webinar held with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 08, 2018
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    Webinar - Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation, WCRC, Webinar, MSA, CMS
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar, March 7, 2018, to introduce Capitol Bridge LLC, our new WCRC contractor and review the transition plan.


  • FDA approves Apadaz™ - new short-acting opioid analgesic for acute pain

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 01, 2018
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    Opioids, FDA
    KemPharm, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Apadaz (benzhydrocodone and acetaminophen), an immediate-release (short-acting) opioid analgesic combination product. Apadaz is intended for the short-term (no more than 14 days) management of acute pain that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.



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