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  • Texas governor signs opioid control legislation

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    | 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.


  • Michigan enacts auto no-fault insurance reform to combat high costs

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    • Optum
    | Jun 20, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Auto No-Fault
    Michigan’s governor has signed two bills to help curb high costs in the state’s no-fault auto insurance system. The legislation addresses numerous challenges, including several that impact the services Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-fault (OWCA) provides to clients. Most of the reforms go into effect in 2020 or 2021.


  • Colorado doctors can now recommend medical marijuana as opioid alternative

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    | Jun 13, 2019
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    Clinical Intervention, Clinical, Opioids, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    The Colorado legislature has passed a law permitting physicians to recommend marijuana in lieu of opioids to treat certain disabling medical conditions. Senate Bill 13, gives providers greater leeway in discussing pain treatment options with their patients and is scheduled to take effect August 2, 2019.


  • Oklahoma enacts workers’ compensation reform bill

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    | Jun 10, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Government Affairs
    Oklahoma has enacted a workers’ comp reform bill that requires the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) to update the medical fee schedule ― which hasn’t been updated since 2012. House Bill 2367 outlines a new process requiring the WCC to update the fee schedule by 2020 and every two years, thereafter.


  • New York adopts final version of its workers’ compensation drug formulary

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 06, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Workers Comp, New York, formulary, Government Affairs
    After more than two years of rule-making activity, meetings with stakeholders and review of stakeholder comments, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is ready to move forward with implementation of their formulary.


  • Minnesota enacts opioid prescribing limits

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | 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.


  • Answers to Your Most Common Questions about Predictive Analytics in Workers’ Comp

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | May 16, 2019
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    Analytics, Workers Comp, Clinical, Predictive Analytics
    Predictive analytics improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs for payers, but only if used properly. Risk & Insurance interviewed OWCA experts to learn how to apply predictive analytics in workers' compensation.



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