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  • 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for October 22

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 20, 2016
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    Addiction, Opioids
    Saturday, October 22 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the purpose of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription medications that are unwanted, unused or expired, while also educating the public on the potential for the abuse of medications.


  • Medication trends shaping workers' comp

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 20, 2016
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    Generics, Opioids, Specialty Medications, Compounded Medications
    One of the benefits of becoming Optum is our ability to gain deeper insight into the trends shaping workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit management. An analysis of the industry’s largest pharmacy data set for the first seven months of 2016 indicates average wholesale price inflation, compounded medications and opioid analgesics prevail as key trends influencing claim outcomes. The use of specialty medications warrants ongoing observation. Additionally, generic utilization remains an effective cost management strategy. These findings highlight the importance of working collaboratively to control both cost and utilization levers.


  • New Version of NGHP Section 111 User Guide 5.1

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    | Oct 17, 2016
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    Settlement
    CMS released an updated User Guide, version number 5.1, on October 10, 2016. Read the document updates.


  • The SPARC Act and Compliance with Medicare Advantage plans PART D prescription drugs

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    | Oct 17, 2016
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    medicareinsights blog, Medicare Secondary Payer, Settlement
    In September, Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act as it pertains to the Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) program. Here we outline the SPARC act and its implications for workers' compensation.






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