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.


  • MSA Optimism for the New Year

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jan 04, 2017
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    Medicare Secondary Payer, CMS
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the organization will be reconsidering a new policy in 2017 regarding re-reviews of otherwise approved Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) amounts.


  • Sharpening the Tools

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Dec 22, 2016
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    Workers' Compensation, Pain Management, Medical Marijuana, Chronic Pain
    Improving outcomes by using value-based purchasing, effective chronic pain management, and employing the talent that will help define success for insurers and their customers.


  • Is the injured worker receiving the right medication at the right time?

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Dec 14, 2016
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    Opioids, Addiction
    Some would call 2016 “the year of opioid analgesics” or maybe even “the year of addiction.” Others might refer to this year as the “year of opioid misuse.” Whatever the name, reports, statistics and a multitude of stories outlining the adverse consequences of misusing and abusing opioid analgesics made headlines with greater frequency than any other time in our workers’ compensation industry’s recent history.


  • Using the forest to see the trees

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Dec 08, 2016
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    Workers' Compensation
    A claimant’s pharmacy and demographic factors such as the body part and nature of injury, and their vital statistics (for example, gender, age and geography), provide us with significant insight into a claim. Important insight is also gained from understanding their pharmacy behavior; such as the types of medications being used, how often their prescriptions are refilled and how many pharmacies are used to fill their prescriptions. Yet another source of invaluable information is the prescriber.






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