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This Month's Must Read
Mark of the Millennial: Managed Care for a New Generation

Millennials are more diverse and more open to alternative therapies, medical marijuana, healthcare technology, and dialogue surrounding psychosocial concerns.

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Legislation & Policy
Support for Marijuana Continues to Grow Across the Nation

A flurry of recent developments continues to bring the medical marijuana debate front and center, including further legalization, a Senate bill, a drug approval, and more.

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Clinical Insights
JAMA Study Questions the Effectiveness of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

In a randomized clinical trial of 460 patients, researchers found the treatment to have similar impact on self-rated disability as standard wound dressing.

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Healthe Developments
Healthesystems at WCIEC Orlando 2018

Visit Healthesystems in booth #914 to see how we explore the conference’s “Cosmic” theme, and for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

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Medmonitor
Drug Approvals Impacting Workers’ Comp

The FDA recently approved drugs to treat opioid dependence, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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This Month's Must Read
The Burden of Opioid-Related Mortality in the United States

Among many findings, JAMA reports that 20% of deaths among those aged 25-34 were opioid-related.

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Legislation & Policy
More States Pass Opioid Prescription Limits

Within the last month, laws have passed in Tennessee, Colorado, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Hawaii.

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Clinical Insights
IQVIA Reports on Global Oncology Trends

Global spending on cancer therapies now exceeds $133 billion.

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Healthe Developments
Healthe Leaders Comment on Clinical Use of Marijuana & MDMA

Our Chief Medical Officer and VP of Clinical Services comment on the clinical use of ecstasy and marijuana.

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Medmonitor
FDA Encourages Drug Developers to Focus on Buprenorphine Depot Products

A newly released draft guidance encourages the development of more sustained-release buprenorphine products.

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This Month's Must Read
WCRI Releases CompScope Benchmarks

In-depth reports for 16 different states examine medical payments, costs, duration of disability, and more.

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Legislation & Policy
Illinois Bill May Allow Patients to Trade Opioids for Marijuana

Senate Bill 336 passed with a 44-6 vote and is now headed to the House.

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Clinical Insights
The Craze Over Kratom

Kratom continues to grow in popularity as a drug for pain and opioid withdrawal, despite concerns from the FDA, CDC and DEA.

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Healthe Developments
Four Current and Near-Future Drug Trends Impacting Rx Management

In a special partner post with WorkCompWire, Healthesystems discusses developments in pain management, specialty drugs, and more.

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Medmonitor
Opioid Withdrawal Drug Closer to Approval

If approved, Lucemyra (lofexidine) would be the first non-opioid drug approved to treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

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This Month's Must Read
Dr. Silvia Sacalis Discusses Value-Based Care with WorkCompWire

Healthesystems’ VP of Clinical Services discusses how workers’ comp is embracing a value-driven approach.

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Clinical Insights
WCIRB Reports on Chronic Opioid Use and Weaning

A new study analyzes the characteristics of chronic opioid use claims, while also examining opioid weaning data.

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Legislation & Policy
PTSD Bills Gain Momentum in Workers’ Comp

A Florida bill was recently signed into law, and states such as Arizona, Utah, Connecticut, and Oregon may follow suit.

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Legislation & Policy
More States Embrace Closed Drug Formularies

Indiana and Kentucky signed off on formulary bills, while other states continue to make progress on their promised formularies.

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Healthe Developments
Dr. Robert Goldberg to Speak at IRSG

Healthesystems’ Chief Medical Officer will present "Can Workers’ Comp Catch Up to the Rest of Healthcare?" at the 2018 IRSG Annual Conference.

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Medmonitor
FDA Approves New Opioid Prodrug, Apadaz

Apadaz oral tablets were approved for the short-term management of acute pain, at no more than 14 days of use.

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Healthe Developments
Dr. Silvia Sacalis to Speak at National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Healthesystems' VP of Clinical Services will co-present Workers' Comp Opioid Use Trends and Effective Population Health Management

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Opioid Developments
Ohio BWC Reports Falling Levels of Opioid Dependence

The number of opioid-dependent injured workers in the Ohio workers' comp system fell 19% in 2017.

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Legislation & Policy
Air Ambulances: State v Federal Cost Control

Many states have attempted to implement fee schedules for air ambulances, but courts citing federal regulations have stricken them down.

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Opioid Developments
State and City Lawsuits Continue to Mount Against Opioid Manufacturers

Forty-one states and over 200 cities and counties claim drug makers deceived patients and doctors regarding opioid safety and addiction risks.

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Medmonitor
Drug Recalls Impacting Comp

Senna Laxative bottles were found to contain NSAIDs, while 55 lots of compounded drugs face questionable sterility.

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This Month's Must Read
Medication Multiplication

A visual depiction of how opioid side effects can cascade across the body.

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Clinical Insights
Increased Abuse Among Anti-Diarrhea Drugs

When taken in excessive doses, the anti-diarrhea drug loperamide can mimic opioid euphoria, and toxicity events and deaths are on the rise.

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Legislation & Policy
State Legislatures Increase Action Against Opioid Epidemic

The passage of opioid action plans in Arizona, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are the most recent additions to growing statewide efforts to curb the epidemic.

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Industry Trends
The Rise of the Gig Economy

In 2003, gig workers made up less than 5% of the workforce. Today, estimates vary between 8% and 40%, raising questions for comp.

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Medmonitor
FDA Continues to Shift Opioid Strategy

FDA, opioid, opioids, opioid policy, opioid policies, drug development, non-opioid

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Innovation
Artificial Intelligence and Workers’ Comp

Machine learning aims to automate parts of claims management.

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Clinical Insights
No End in Sight for the Opioid Epidemic?

Despite decreases in prescribing rates, the opioid epidemic claims more lives than ever before, partially due to synthetic formulations.

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Legislation & Policy
State and Federal Governments Clash Over Marijuana

The Department of Justice’s recent announcement may come to a head with the will of state governments and popular opinion.

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Industry Trends
March of the Millennials

By 2020, millennials will make up half the workforce, so how will they impact workers’ comp?

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