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  • Addressing opioid analgesic use in workers' comp and auto no-fault

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 20, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids
    We are pleased to release our latest insight on addresing opioid analgesic use in workers' comp and auto no-fault. Inside you will find statistical trends impacting opioid analgesics today and our perspective on opioid analgesic use.


  • CMS to Apply New Life Tables to WCMSAs as of 4/1/2017

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 20, 2017
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    CMS, Medicare Set-Aside, Settlement
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released United States Life Tables, 2012 reflecting population estimates for 2012 of life populations. Beginning April 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be utilizing Table 1: Life table for the total population: United States, 2012 for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Agreements (WCMSAs) in regards to life expectancy.


  • North Carolina Legislature Introduces "Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention" (STOP) Act

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 06, 2017
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    Treatment Plans, Overdose, Opioids
    Companion bills in the North Carolina House and Senate have been introduced to help curb the misuse and abuse of opioids in the Tar Heel State. HB 243 and SB 175 both contain similar provisions to aid in the prevention of opioid abuse and the treatment of substance abuse and overdose issues. The legislation is not specific to workers’ compensation but covers workers’ compensation along with the broad universe of health care in North Carolina. In 2015, over 1,500 North Carolinians died from a drug overdose.


  • March 2017 Pharmacy Resource Guide now available

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 02, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation, Pharmacy Fee Schedules
    We are pleased to share our March 2017 Pharmacy Resource Guide. Inside you will find a state-by-state guide to the pharmacy fee schedule and jurisdictional maps highlighting key workers’ compensation laws and regulations.






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