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  • Several states continue to debate key policies including medical marijuana and opioids

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 21, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Medical Marijuana, Auto No-Fault
    While the majority of state legislative sessions have wrapped up and legislators head into what is certain to be an interesting election cycle, several key states continue to toil at the statehouse. Additionally, the United States Congress is deliberating several pieces of opioid legislation in both the House and the Senate.


  • New Jersey Workers’ Comp eBilling rules adopted

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    | Jun 13, 2018
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    eBilling, Workers' Compensation
    The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Workers’ Compensation (the department), recently adopted regulations to implement prior electronic medical billing (eBilling) legislation – requiring eBilling effective October 2019. The rules also adopt a 60-day payment timeframe for complete electronic medical bills, which the prior legislation also required.


  • Kentucky initiates formulary development

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 05, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, formulary
    In response to House Bill 2, the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Medical Advisory Committee met on May 31 to review the recently signed workers’ compensation reform legislation. Commissioner Robert Swisher gave an overview of the new legislative mandates, including adoption of a drug formulary and additional medical treatment guidelines, and plans for moving forward for regulatory development.


  • Tennessee enacts enhanced opioid prescribing controls

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jun 01, 2018
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    Opioids
    House Bill 1831 was recently signed by Tennessee’s Governor, which enacts prescribing restrictions on opioid analgesics; sets dose caps on morphine milligram equivalent (MME); and defines enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) requirements. Effective July 1, 2018, the bill bases prescribing restrictions on various treatment timeframes and requires the prescriber to properly examine, justify and document the need for additional opioid treatment.


  • Louisiana expands use of medical marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 31, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana
    The Louisiana Legislature, in the waning days of their session, approved House Bill 579 permitting usage of medical marijuana to treat an expanded list of conditions. The bill permits medical marijuana to treat conditions such as glaucoma, muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Parkinson’s disease and intractable pain.




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