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  • FDA approves first alternative medications to Lyrica (pregabalin)

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jul 22, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Medicare Insights, Settlement Solutions, Pain Management, Lyrica, Clinical
    Much anticipated alternative medications for Lyrica® (pregabalin) were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19, 2019. This approval follows a six-month delay announced last year. Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant with FDA approval to treat neuropathic (nerve) pain associated with diabetes, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury. In addition, it is approved as adjunct therapy for the treatment of partial onset seizures.


  • States’ push for PTSD coverage triggers concerns over future treatment impact

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 27, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, PTSD, Government Affairs, first responders
    The push among states to address workers' compensation coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders is sparking debates over the future impact this coverage will have on states and municipal governments.


  • 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.


  • Michigan enacts auto no-fault insurance reform to combat high costs

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    • Optum
    | Jun 20, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Auto No-Fault
    Michigan’s governor has signed two bills to help curb high costs in the state’s no-fault auto insurance system. The legislation addresses numerous challenges, including several that impact the services Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-fault (OWCA) provides to clients. Most of the reforms go into effect in 2020 or 2021.


  • Colorado doctors can now recommend medical marijuana as opioid alternative

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    | Jun 13, 2019
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    Clinical Intervention, Clinical, Opioids, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    The Colorado legislature has passed a law permitting physicians to recommend marijuana in lieu of opioids to treat certain disabling medical conditions. Senate Bill 13, gives providers greater leeway in discussing pain treatment options with their patients and is scheduled to take effect August 2, 2019.


  • Oklahoma enacts workers’ compensation reform bill

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    • OWCA
    | Jun 10, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Government Affairs
    Oklahoma has enacted a workers’ comp reform bill that requires the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) to update the medical fee schedule ― which hasn’t been updated since 2012. House Bill 2367 outlines a new process requiring the WCC to update the fee schedule by 2020 and every two years, thereafter.


  • New York adopts final version of its workers’ compensation drug formulary

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 06, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Workers Comp, New York, formulary, Government Affairs
    After more than two years of rule-making activity, meetings with stakeholders and review of stakeholder comments, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is ready to move forward with implementation of their formulary.



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