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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


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

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    • Katie Dwyer - Risk & Insurance
    | 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.


  • FDA advisory committees recommend approval of esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Feb 27, 2019
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    FDA
    Treatment-resistant depression (TRD), is typically defined as failing trials of at least two antidepressant treatments for major depressive disorder. The FDA is expected to make its decision in early March. See potential impact for workers’ comp on our blog.


  • FDA approves first generic of Advair Diskus® inhaler for asthma and COPD

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Feb 05, 2019
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    Generics, FDA, FDA approved, Pharmacy, workers compensation, Clinical
    After almost 20 years on the market as a name-brand medication, the FDA has approved the first generic version of Advair Diskus inhaler for asthma and COPD. See availability, timing, dosing and relevance to work comp on our blog.


  • Kentucky workers’ comp drug formulary emergency rule filed

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jan 03, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Formularies, Government Affairs, Pharmacy, formulary
    To meet an approaching legislative deadline, the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) filed, over the holidays, a workers’ compensation drug formulary rule through emergency rule-making procedures.


  • Pharmacy Resource Guide 2018

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Dec 05, 2018
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    Opioids, Workers' Compensation, Pharmacy, Morphine Equivalent Dose, Medication Safety, Medication Plans, Medication Analysis
    Our latest Pharmacy Resource Guide identifies our Top 10 therapeutic classes; our Top 25 medications as a percentage of total spend, number of prescriptions and generic spend; plus latest trends from NCCI and a Brand-Generic Index of commonly-used workers’ compensation medications.



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