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  • Colorado adopts revised workers’ comp medical fee schedule rule

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    • Optum
    | Nov 12, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Physician Dispensing, Opioids
    The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation has released its updated Medical Fee Schedule rule (Rule 18) and Medical Treatment Exhibits for 2019. The updated fee schedule will be in effect for all dates of service on or after January 1, 2019 and several important changes have been made to the new fee schedule rule.


  • Four states vote on status of medical and recreational marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 08, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Pain Management, Medical Marijuana
    Four states voted on the status of medical and recreational marijuana on Election Day, November 2018. Missouri and Utah voters weighed in on medical marijuana and Michigan and South Dakota voters cast ballots deciding whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.


  • FDA approves new opioid analgesic - Dsuvia™ (sufentanil sublingual tablet)

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 06, 2018
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    Pain Management, Opioids, FDA, Clinical
    On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first and only sufentanil sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablet for acute pain in healthcare settings, Dsuvia (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg).


  • Medication trends shaping workers' compensation

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 01, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Analytics
    A review of the medication trends shaping workers’ compensation, gathered from our book of business data during the first half of 2018.


  • Kentucky chooses ODG for workers’ comp formulary and guidelines

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 24, 2018
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    formulary, Workers' Compensation, Government Affairs
    The Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) has chosen the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) as its medical treatment guidelines and pharmacy formulary source.


  • Montana workers’ comp drug formulary formally proposed

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 22, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Government Affairs, Formularies
    The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has now formally proposed regulations to implement a workers’ compensation outpatient drug formulary.


  • New York advances workers’ compensation drug formulary

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Oct 18, 2018
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    Government Affairs, formulary
    The New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has published, in the state register and on the WCB website, notice of its second version of the proposed formulary rule and drug list.



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