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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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Our Industry Trends Report is now available

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | 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


  • FDA approves the first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdoses

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 29, 2019
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    FDA approved, Clinical, Opioids, Narcan
    On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic for Narcan® Nasal Spray, the life-saving medication used for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdose.


  • Medication Recall: Two lots of fentanyl transdermal system (patch) recalled

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 25, 2019
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    recall, Opioids, Fentanyl, Clinical, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Alvogen, Inc. voluntarily recalled two lots of fentanyl patches 12 mcg/hour at the consumer level.



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