Sharing our perspective

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.


  • Medical marijuana approved in Oklahoma

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    | Jul 05, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana, Government Affairs
    Through a ballot initiative, Oklahoma voters approved the regulated use, sale and growth of medical marijuana by a vote of roughly 57% to 43%, according to unofficial results posted by the state. This adds Oklahoma to a continually growing list of states legalizing marijuana for medical use, despite conflicting federal law.


  • FDA approves new device for opioid withdrawal symptoms

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    | Jul 03, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, FDA, Opioids
    DyAnsys Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its non-opioid, percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulator device, Drug Relief®, for use as an aid to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms.


  • Several states continue to debate key policies including medical marijuana and opioids

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 21, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Medical Marijuana, Auto No-Fault
    While the majority of state legislative sessions have wrapped up and legislators head into what is certain to be an interesting election cycle, several key states continue to toil at the statehouse. Additionally, the United States Congress is deliberating several pieces of opioid legislation in both the House and the Senate.


  • Pennsylvania legislature considering pain treatment guidelines for workers’ compensation claims

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    | Jun 15, 2018
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    Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, formulary, Opioids
    In response to a recent veto of Senate Bill 936 (workers’ comp formulary legislation), the Pennsylvania Legislature has taken up new efforts to establish opioid utilization and treatment controls for workers’ compensation claims.