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Each year will bring a new class of medications onto the radar of pharmacy benefit managers, here’s what they’re watching now.
While dangerous drug combinations are diminishing within the industry, even one claim with drugs that don’t mix could put an injured worker’s well-being at risk
High prescription drug costs are a huge issue in workers’ compensation, but there are a few ways to tackle the rising costs.
A lack of product standardization, the new federal legality of some types of CBD and ever changing state regulations are just some of the issues facing the medical cannabis community.
A new decision out of Texas aims to hold PBMs accountable for their role in perpetuating the epidemic. Other municipalities are likely to follow suit.
Increasingly, PBMs are relying on massive stores of data to identify broader patterns that inform individual prescription decisions.
Cannabis shows promise as a non-opioid treatment for pain, but dosing uncertainty and the plant’s Schedule 1 status will need to be resolved first.
From medical to recreational, marijuana laws are changing across the board. Here’s a look back on some 2018 cannabis decisions and facts and what they could mean for workers’ comp.
Simple injuries that spiral into catastrophic claims account for a disproportionate share of overall workers’ comp dollars. Understanding how we think about pain can go a long way toward developing effective treatment strategies.
For every person who dies from opioid overdose, 50 more individuals have an opioid use disorder and 272 misuse prescription opioids in some way. The time to change is now.
Broadspire’s Marcos Iglesias and attorney Stuart Colburn will help employers and payers separate cannabis fact from cannabis fiction at NWCDC in Las Vegas.
A variety of painkillers make the list, but they aren’t the only drugs that threaten patient safety and compromise outcomes.
To improve the odds of injured workers recovering from injuries without opioids, employers have tools and strategies at their disposal.
As cannabis slowly achieves acceptance for treating workers’ comp injuries, reimbursement for the rave drug ecstasy may not be far behind.
When dealing with injured workers, you’re dealing with human beings, and there is nothing more
fragile than humans.
Other pain relief therapies hold substantial promise in defeating drug dependency.
Workers’ comp providers can work with doctors, adjusters and patients to get a handle on pain prescriptions.
Presumption laws combined with newer, more expensive cancer drugs are a one-two punch municipalities can ill afford.
An exploratory program may help identify answers for some of the thorny issues surrounding medical marijuana in workers’ comp.
Two recent court decisions have claims payers talking: Should injured employees be able to choose their preferred pharmacy?
A Kentucky Supreme Court ruling confirms and codifies employee choice in matters of pharmacy.