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April 20, 2020 · Clinical Connection team
Epidiolex oral solution ‒ the only cannabidiol (CBD) prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy ‒ is no longer considered a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Read more...
April 10, 2020 · Optum Settlement Solutions
The Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP) is updated monthly based on Average Wholesale Price (AWP) data from RED BOOK®.  Updates include a significant drop in the price of pregabalin (generic of Lyrica®), and a substantial decrease in the price of meloxicam (generic of Mobic®). Read more...
April 09, 2020 · Optum Settlement Solutions
As you may have heard, meloxicam had a major price decrease within the last month. Meloxicam (generic formulation of Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), which is commonly prescribed for workers’ compensation injuries. Read more...
April 09, 2020 · Policy Matters team
Montana requests insurers delay formulary implementation for legacy claims until COVID-19 crisis passes. And New York modifies formulary to extend implementation date for legacy scripts until January 1, 2021. Read more...
April 08, 2020 · Policy Matters team
The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has declared that physicians are permitted to dispense medications to injured workers, and that an injured worker shall have full and free choice to utilize their physician for medication dispensing, as well as any other pharmacy or pharmacist. Read more...
April 06, 2020 · Clinical Connection team
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on April 1, 2020 it will be requesting manufacturers remove all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine products, a popular histamine (H2)-blocker, from the market immediately. Ranitidine recalls initially began last fall Read more...
April 03, 2020 · Policy Matters team
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, state governors, regulators and legislatures have initiated a range of urgent policy changes or directives to facilitate response and mitigation efforts, including at the workers’ compensation level. This heightened focus has diverted some attention away from other policy developments. Read more...
April 02, 2020 · From the desk of David W. Young
While there are many unknowns, Optum Workers’ Compensation and Auto No-Fault is committed to our customers, claimants and our team members. We remain fully staffed and operational and continue to ensure that the injured person is receiving the right treatment at the right time for the right duration and for the most appropriate cost. Read more...
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