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  • Texas Division of Workers' Compensation addresses disaster concerns

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Aug 31, 2017
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    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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    Morphine Equivalent Dose, Opioids
    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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    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.






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