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5 Tips to Help Workers’ Comp Payers Optimize IT Resources

The insurance sector is experiencing an IT talent shortage. How can workers’ comp payers optimize the IT resources they already have?
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Things Change: The Growing Diversity of Pharmacy Cost Drivers

Smaller, more niche drug trends across different populations and geographies
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2023 Industry Insights Survey Report

We surveyed 500+ workers’ comp professionals on the biggest industry disruptors and priorities
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FDA Tightens Restrictions for Transmucosal Fentanyl Products

New changes to REMS safety programs will require stronger treatment documentation and oversight.

Apr 2019

Patient Engagement is Personal: How to Help Injured Workers Help Themselves

Patient engagement can lead to better health outcomes, but not all engagement strategies are equally effective.

Apr 2019

The Impact of the Changing Workforce

The workforce is aging, getting younger, and gaining more women, all at once. What does that mean for claims management?

Apr 2019

Marijuana Continues to Take Major Steps Forward

Congress may soon clear federal restrictions to processing marijuana transactions, while the FDA asks for feedback on handling marijuana products.

Apr 2019

Oklahoma Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Opioid Manufacturer

Various state and local governments have sued drug developers for the harms of the opioid epidemic, and this could be the first of many settlements.

Apr 2019

Tanezumab Trials Yield Positive Results for Pain Management

Phase 3 clinical trials for this non-opioid drug demonstrate significant reductions in pain for osteoarthritis and chronic low-back pain.

Mar 2019

Opioid Imbalance: Risk Disparities Among Diverse Patient Populations

Demographic factors such as gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and location can impact opioid risks.

Mar 2019

Tackling Topicals: Clinicians Takes Notice

Despite having little clinical impact, topical creams continue to be utilized widely in workers’ comp.

Mar 2019

The Drug Price Debate

Federal lawmakers and administrative agencies continue to investigate how to best lower ever-increasing drug prices.

Mar 2019

FDA Establishes Guidance for Brain-Computer Interface Technologies

Can special implants in the brain override paralysis? The FDA believes one day they could.

Mar 2019

FDA Nudges Developers to Create Over-the-Counter Naloxone

The FDA created special drug labels to clear a development hurdle and encourage manufacturers.

Feb 2019

Marijuana – What to Expect in 2019 and Beyond

Dr. Robert Goldberg and Sandy Shtab talk with Risk & Insurance about changing attitudes and policies around medical marijuana, its potential role in reducing reliance on opioids, and what this can mean for payers, employers, patients and PBMs.

Feb 2019

Troubling Trends for Benzodiazepines

Prescribing has doubled since 2003, overdose deaths quadrupled since 1996, and misuse accounts for 20% of benzodiazepine use.

Feb 2019

PTSD Coverage: More States Draft Legislation

Kentucky, Connecticut, Idaho, and West Virginia proposed bills to make PTSD compensable for first responders.

Feb 2019

Opioid Marketing Tied to Higher Prescribing and Overdose

A new JAMA study finds that increased county-level opioid marketing was tied to elevated overdose mortality.

Feb 2019

FDA Approves Two New Strengths of Apadaz

The opioid prodrug for acute pain will soon be available in both a stronger and weaker dose.

Jan 2019

What’s Ahead for 2019 Workers’ Comp Regulations

As 2018’s legislative trends continue to spill into 2019, what big initiatives might impact workers’ comp this year?

Jan 2019

JAMA Examines Association of Early Physical Therapy with Long-Term Opioid Use

An analysis of 90,000 private claims explores the relationship between early PT and reduced long-term opioid use in musculoskeletal pain.

Jan 2019

The Legality of Self-Referrals

Can doctors in certain states refer patients to pharmacies which they partially own?

Jan 2019

The Buzz Behind Digital Therapeutics

Will doctors one day prescribe apps meant to drive behavior changes instead of drugs?

Jan 2019

FDA Approves First Prescription App for Opioid Use Disorder

The reSET-O app uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to assist patients engaged in medication-assisted therapy for opioid dependence.

Dec 2018

Hero’s Welcome: Growing PTSD Coverage for First Responders

Formulary and claims management considerations for populations at risk for “mental-only” cases of PTSD.

Dec 2018

New Guidelines for Opioid-Induced Constipation

The American Gastroenterological Association released guidance on properly prescribing medications for OIC.

Dec 2018

Marijuana Use Rising Among Older Populations

Marijuana use among adults aged 50-64 tripled from 2002-2014.

Dec 2018

In Case You Missed It: 5 Takeaways on Value-Based Models in Work Comp

Dr. Silvia Sacalis of Healthesystems teamed up with Dr. Adam Seidner of The Hartford for a session at NWCDC – here are 5 key takeaways.

Dec 2018

By the Numbers

A collection of workers’ compensation facts and figures

Winter 2018/2019

State of the States

A roundup of regulatory activity around the country

Winter 2018/2019

Myth Busters: Medical Marijuana Edition

Our clinicians answer common questions from claims professionals

Winter 2018/2019

Perspectives: Status Woe - Outdated Regulation Impedes Healthcare Innovation

Industry thought leaders share their insights

Winter 2018/2019

Shifting Gears in Patient Transportation with Rideshare

How rideshare models like Lyft and Uber can reduce costs and improve patient experience

Winter 2018/2019

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