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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


  • We continue to service our clients before, during and after the storm

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 07, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and as we prepare for the impending impact of Hurricane Irma, Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-fault continues to service our clients.


  • Preparing for Irma to ensure a continuum of care

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 06, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation
    In preparation for the possible landfall of Hurricane Irma, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation declaring an emergency in the state for all counties as of September 4, 2017. The proclamation of a state of emergency automatically sets into motion certain activities by various state agencies to prepare for the pending storm which includes suspending “the effect of any statute, rule or order that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay any mitigation, response, or recovery action necessary to cope with this emergency.”


  • Texas Division of Workers' Compensation addresses disaster concerns

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Aug 31, 2017
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    TDWC, Workers' Compensation
    The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) working with the Office of Governor Abbott has issued guidance involving future handling of workers’ compensation claims as a result of the effects of Hurricane Harvey. The Governor’s office issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, suspending regulatory requirements and procedures “that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster.” Additionally, TDWC issued an accompanying bulletin on August 29, 2017, providing guidance for the handling of workers’ compensation claims during the proclamation time frame.


  • Ohio joins states establishing opioid prescribing limits

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Aug 29, 2017
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    Workers Comp, Opioids, Morphine Equivalent Dose
    Add Ohio to the growing list of states adopting stricter opioid prescribing limits. The state’s Medical Board amended existing prescribing rules to address the initial and continued prescribing of opioid analgesics for the treatment of defined acute pain.


  • Alaska and Hawaii engage limits for opioid analgesics

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Aug 10, 2017
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    Workers Comp, Opioids
    As we have seen in other states, the adopted legislation applies to the broader healthcare market and is not specific to the prescribing of opioid analgesics in the workers' comp and auto no-fault systems. However, the newly adopted legislation does stand to influence prescribing practices and as such, is important to have awareness of this evolving landscape.


  • 2017 Workers' Comp and Auto No-fault legislative session review

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 26, 2017
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    Auto No-Fault, Workers' Compensation
    In this report, we highlight some of the more pertinent issues from the legislative and regulatory venues across the country.


  • Shipments of Opana® ER will end September 1

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 26, 2017
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    Workers Comp, FDA
    In an ongoing efforts to monitor the removal of Opana® ER from the marketplace as requested by the FDA earlier this summer, Endo International plc confirmed they will cease manufacturing and shipping Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release) by September 1, 2017.



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