Sharing Our Perspective - Archive

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.




  • New York Workers’ Compensation Board to offer training seminars for drug formulary process

    Oct 08, 2019
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    Formularies, formulary, PBM formulary, State Formulary, New York, Opioids, Government Affairs
    The New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has released an update on how payers and medical providers can comply with the drug formulary prior authorization process and access the medical portal.


  • Novartis halts distribution of ranitidine products, generic for Zantac®, as precaution during investigation of possible contamination

    Sep 19, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Clinical, recall, FDA
    On September 18, 2019, Novartis announced it is stopping the distribution of its Sandoz division’s ranitidine, generic for Zantac®, until further notice. This decision was made as a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement on September 13 that low levels of a human carcinogen were found in some ranitidine products.


  • New federal workers’ comp opioid policy imposes additional limitations

    Sep 17, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Opioids, Department of Labor
    A new opioid policy imposing additional fill limitations and reducing the 60-day period for required prior approval has been announced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC).


  • 5 Advanced Ways Clinical Expertise Can Improve Workers’ Comp Outcomes

    Aug 01, 2019
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    PBM, Clinical Intervention, Clinical
    Caring for injured workers should involve more than just processing transactions. Applying a clinical approach from the onset of an injury ensures more appropriate care and better outcomes.


  • States continue to approve medical marijuana ―
    could this open the door to use in workers’ comp?

    Jul 31, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, Clinical, Chronic Pain, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    More and more states are reversing course and expanding support for medical marijuana, even though, not that long ago, these states disapproved of it. Could the groundswell of support among states for medical marijuana open the door to use in workers’ comp? Read more on our blog.


  • Texas governor signs opioid control legislation

    Jun 21, 2019
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    Pain Management, Pharmacy, Government Affairs, Opioids
    A new Texas law to curb opioid abuse includes prescribing restrictions for opioid treatment of acute pain. Effective September 1, 2019, when prescribing for treatment of acute pain, a provider may not prescribe opioids for more than a 10-day supply or refill an opioid.


  • Minnesota enacts opioid prescribing limits

    Jun 03, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Pain Management, Government Affairs, Clinical
    Minnesota has enacted legislation to address the opioid epidemic that includes opioid prescription and dispensing limitations for acute pain and initial prescriptions. The new policy expands upon prior narrower limitations. These new limitations take effect August 1, 2019.


  • Our Industry Trends Report is now available

    May 06, 2019
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    Analytics, Ancillary, Drug Formulary, Medicare Set-Aside, Opioids, Optum Workers Comp Auto No Fault, Predictive Analytics, Settlement Solutions, Workers' Compensation
    A 2018 REVIEW OF THE PREVAILING INDUSTRY INFLUENCES IMPACTING CLAIM OUTCOMES


  • PBM 101: A refresher on the role of pharmacy management in workers’ comp

    Mar 12, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Workers Comp, PBM
    Increasingly, PBMs are relying on massive stores of data to identify broader patterns that inform individual prescription decisions. According to David Young, President and CEO of Optum Workers’ Compensation and Auto No-fault, this is a PBM’s true value proposition.


  • Register for 2019 Continuing Education

    Jan 25, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Webinar - Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Settlement, Pharmacy, Pain Management, Clinical, Continuing Education
    From the state house, to the pharmacy, to claim resolution, Optum is kicking off its 2019 continuing education calendar with "What to watch for in 2019." See our full year of topics & register to gain the knowledge you need to move move forward this year!


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