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Unpredictable Costs: How Will Healthcare Price Inflation Impact Workers’ Comp?

Rising prices for healthcare products and services may impact workers' comp medical care.

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Opioid Developments
FDA to Update Prescribing Information for All Opioid Pain Medications

Changes to boxed warnings, indications and usage, dosage and administration, and more.

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Clinical Insights
CDC Publishes Chronic Pain Report

Approximately 21% of adults experienced chronic pain in 2021, with greater prevalence among certain demographics.

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Marijuana Developments
Washington State Bans Pre-Employment Cannabis Screening

As other states come closer to recreational legalization, Washington State pushes the needle further.

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Healthe Developments
Harnessing the Injured Worker’s Influence on Claims Outcomes

Healthe’s VP of Clinical Services, Silvia Sacalis, will co-present this educational session at PRIMA 2023.

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Medmonitor
FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Naloxone Nasal Spray

Patients will no longer need a prescription for this opioid overdose antidote.

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Build Your Army: Maintaining Cybersecurity Amid the IT Talent Gap

A sneak peek into our RISKWORLD 2023 session content focused on cybersecurity strategies in an evolving risk landscape.

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Clinical Insights
WCRI Publishes Study on Formulary Impacts

How formularies impacted prescriptions across Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kentucky and New York.

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Legislation & Policy
Marijuana Reimbursement Initiatives See Signs of Life

Three states have introduced bills or seen court cases overturned in relation to this policy.

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Healthe Developments
Emerging Trends in Pharmacy and the Impact of Polypharmacy

Healthe’s VP of Clinical Services, Silvia Sacalis, will co-present this educational session at IRSG 2023.

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Medmonitor
FDA Approves Combogesic for Short Term Management of Mild to Moderate Pain

A new combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen will soon hit the market.

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CDC Reports on Psychosocial Impacts on Construction Injuries

Psychosocial factors can increase the likelihood of musculoskeletal disorders and substance abuse.

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Clinical Insights
WCRI Reports on Physical Medicine’s Impact on Low-Back Pain

Extended physical medicine was 5-9 times as common in claims with multiple providers.

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Legislation & Policy
NCCI Publishes Research Brief on Firefighter Presumptions

Beyond PTSD, cancers, heart conditions, and communicable diseases are seeing legislative activity.

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Industry Trends
California Reports on Low-Volume High-Cost Drug Trends

Fenoprofen calcium made up 1.4% of NSAID prescriptions, but 33% of NSAID payments.

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Healthe Developments
Cybersecurity Presentation at RISKWORLD® 2023

Tony Brown, Healthe’s Director of Information Security, will speak at the upcoming conference.

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Legislation & Policy
PTSD Legislation to Make Waves in 2023

Several states have submitted bills to expand presumptions for first responders.

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Hard Times: How Economic Stability Can Impact Injured Worker Outcomes

How employment, poverty, housing, and food security impact patient health.

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Clinical Developments
Long COVID Data in Workers’ Comp

Both the WCRI and the New York State Insurance Fund published new reports.

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Marijuana Updates
More Research Indicates Marijuana Use May Reduce Opioid Use

New reports from the Journal of the American Medical Association and Health Economics.

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Healthe Developments
2023 Workers’ Comp Industry Insight Survey Report

Over 500 stakeholders share their thoughts on industry challenges, priorities, and technologies.

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Medmonitor
HIV Medications: New Approval and News of Discontinuations

Sunlenca approved for treatment-resistant populations, but a number of other drugs will cease production, some of which are included in PEP guidelines.

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The Triple Threat of Tobacco Use on Employer, Clinical, and Medication Complexity

Tobacco use as a complicating factor in workplace injury and recovery.

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Clinical Insights
Study Explores Potential Association Between Occupational Inhalants and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exposure to various gases and vapors has been associated with autoimmune disease

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Marijuana Updates
Cannabis Research Continues for Chronic Pain

Two new studies highlight marijuana’s analgesic effects.

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Healthe Developments
500 Workers’ Comp Stakeholder Identified Top 10 Industry Challenges

Preliminary findings from Healthe’s 2023 industry survey.

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Medmonitor
FDA Approves Drug That Can Delay Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

Tzield (teplizumab-mzwv) injections can delay onset by several months or years.

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Diagnostics as a Defining Touchpoint in the Claims Journey

How the timing and accuracy of diagnostic testing can determine the course of a claim.

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Opioid Developments
Fentanyl Vaccine in Development

This vaccine blocks fentanyl from entering the brain and triggering euphoric effect.

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Legislation & Policy
Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Publishes Biennial Report to Legislature

This report contains a high level report on the status of the Texas workers’ comp system.

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Healthe Developments
Focusing on the Wellbeing of Employees

Risk & Insurance® magazine taps Healthe’s VP of Clinical Services for considerations on retaining a healthy and happy workforce.

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Medmonitor
Wave of Generic Approvals That Impact Workers’ Comp

First-time generics are available for drugs that treat COPD, HIV, hypertension, and more.

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This Month's Must Read
Coming Up Short: IT Talent Woes in Workers’ Comp

The insurance sector continues to face IT talent shortages – how does this impact workers’ comp organizations?

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Clinical Developments
CDC Publishes Updated Opioid Guidelines

An update to the 2016 guidelines has been issued, promoting greater flexibility for individualized patient-centered care.

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Legislation & Policy
Midterm Marijuana Legalization

Maryland and Missouri voters pass recreational legalization.

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Industry Trends
WCRI Publishes 23rd Edition of CompScope Medical Benchmarks

Data insights on medical payments for 18 state workers’ comp systems.

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Workforce Trends
Inflation’s Impact on Workers’ Comp

A series of reports from NCCI examine how medical costs and workforce demographics are changing.

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Medmonitor
FDA Advises Against NSAID Use in Pregnant Women at 20 Weeks and Later

The potential for low amniotic fluid can cause significant health issues.

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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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Industry Trends
COVID-19 Workplace Lessons for Employers

The National Safety Council provides information on mental health, workplace safety, and more.

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COVID-19 Developments
FDA Warns That Certain COVID-19 Variants are Not Neutralized by Evusheld

The only pre-exposure prophylactic for COVID-19 may not provide protection for certain variants.

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Healthe Developments
3 Tips for Tackling Technology Projects Amid IT Talent Shortage

Healthe’s Chief Information Officer, Brett Luna, speaks to Risk & Insurance® Magazine about this trending topic.

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Medmonitor
Auvelity Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

This antidepressant can yield results as soon as one week, which could generate popularity.

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Social Influencers: The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Injured Worker Recovery

Gaining visibility into Social Determinants of Health that intersect with workplace injury and recovery.

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Clinical Insights
A Primer on Behavioral Health Care in Workers’ Compensation

A new report from the WCRI addressed psychosocial barriers to recovery and intervention strategies.

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COVID-19 Developments
FDA Authorizes Additional Round of COVID-19 Boosters

Moderna and Pfizer boosters have been updated to target the omicron variant.

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Healthe Developments
Connect with Healthe at National Comp 2022!

Stop by our educational session or visit our booth to take part in our industry survey.

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Medmonitor
FDA Authorizes New COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted will require two doses given three weeks apart.

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This Month's Must Read
In Harm’s Way: The Impact of Violence in Workers’ Comp

How different forms of violence can be detrimental to worker performance and recovery.

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Clinical Insights
Comparing Cannabis-Based Products for Chronic Pain

A systematic review from the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluates different cannabis formulations.

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Legislation & Policy
Federal Bill Could Settle Worker Classification Debate for Gig Workers

If enacted, this bill would create an exemption where gig workers do not receive employee benefits.

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Healthe Developments
Healthe Leader Discusses Talent Troubles in Workers’ Comp

Stephanie Arkelian dives into the issue with Risk & Insurance® magazine, and an upcoming presentation at the Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference.

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Medmonitor
FDA Recalls Morphine Sulfate ER Due to Potentially Deadly Label Mix-Up

A mix-up between 30 mg and 60 mg tablets could cause severe adverse events.

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This Month's Must Read
The Cannabis Question: Marijuana and Workplace Safety?

With greater legalization and public approval, the question of safety grows more important.

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Clinical Insights
Telemedicine Patterns of Use and Reimbursement

A WCRI report explores telemedicine utilization.

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Industry Trends
Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’ Comp Drug Payments

WCRI explores how drug payments varied across 28 states for key drug therapy groups.

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Innovation
New Drug in Development Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

AZD1236, currently in Phase 2 trials, has shown an 80% preservation in nerve function following spinal cord injury.

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Healthe Developments
No “Set It and Forget It” for Pharmacy Trends, and How Automation Can Lend a Helping Hand

Silvia Sacalis and Tate Rice take turns in WorkCompWire’s Leaders Speak Series.

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Medmonitor
Walmart Recalls Supplement for Joint Pain Due to Hidden Drug Ingredients

Artri Ajo King contains undeclared diclofenac, creating safety concerns.

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This Month's Must Read
Out of Stock: Medical Supply Chain Shortages Impacting Worker’s Comp

Ancillary medical product and service shortages and how to manage them.

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