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September 23, 2021 · Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team
Medical Marijuana – A New York appellate court recently ruled that an injured worker was entitled to a variance from the Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) for the use of medical marijuana for his chronic pain. Read more...
September 16, 2021 · Medicare Insights Team
Approved by the FDA in August 2021, the first generic of Duexis, ibuprofen-famotidine, is now available and is included in the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP) as of September 2021. Read more...
September 09, 2021 · David Young, President & CEO
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the devastating terror attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives and honor the brave first responders who selflessly put their lives on the line to help others. Read more...
September 02, 2021 · Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team
The New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has published a final rule adopting changes to the drug formulary. Read more...
August 31, 2021 · Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team
Kentucky pre-filed legislation would cover a COVID-19 vaccine reaction under 
workers’ comp Read more...
August 12, 2021 · Medicare Insights Team
Optum continually monitors the average wholesale price (AWP) of the most common medications in WCMSAs to help our clients properly assess their exposure and achieve the lowest possible allocations. Read more...
August 11, 2021 · Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team
Brief updates on several recent policy developments across the country. Read more...
July 27, 2021 · Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) issued a notification for continued usage of emergency rules for telehealth visits with a stated intention of adopting permanent rules prior to the emergency rule expiration of September 22, 2021. The existing emergency and eventual permanent telehealth rules will continue to allow using two-way audio and video communications. Read more...
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