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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.


  • Oklahoma enacts opioid prescribing restrictions

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 08, 2018
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    Pain Management, Opioids, Formularies
    Oklahoma Senate Bill 1446, effective November 1, 2018, limits opioid pain medication to a 7 day-supply.


  • North Carolina Workers’ Comp. Opioid Treatment Rules Approved

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 01, 2018
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    Pain Management, Opioids, Formularies
    North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission (RRC) recently approved the opioid treatment rules submitted by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The new rules address requirements for the use of opioid analgesics, related prescriptions and pain management treatment for injured workers in both the acute and chronic phases.


  • Pennsylvania Legislature passes workers’ compensation drug formulary bill

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 20, 2018
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    Formularies
    On April 16, 2018, the Pennsylvania General Assembly took a step forward in requiring utilization of a drug formulary for workers’ compensation claims in the state. Senate Bill 936, originally failed to pass the House in February on a tie vote of 98-98, however the House approved it this week by a slim margin of 101-92. The bill now heads to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk for his action.


  • Texas adopts closed drug formulary rule changes to require preauthorization on compounded medications

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 18, 2018
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    Formularies, Compounded Medications
    Effective July 1, 2018, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) formally enacts changes to its Closed Drug Formulary. The changes enforce new requirements for preauthorization and prospective review of compounded medications.