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  • Several states continue to debate key policies including medical marijuana and opioids

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 21, 2018
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Medical Marijuana, Auto No-Fault
    While the majority of state legislative sessions have wrapped up and legislators head into what is certain to be an interesting election cycle, several key states continue to toil at the statehouse. Additionally, the United States Congress is deliberating several pieces of opioid legislation in both the House and the Senate.


  • Pennsylvania legislature considering pain treatment guidelines for workers’ compensation claims

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    | Jun 15, 2018
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    Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, formulary, Opioids
    In response to a recent veto of Senate Bill 936 (workers’ comp formulary legislation), the Pennsylvania Legislature has taken up new efforts to establish opioid utilization and treatment controls for workers’ compensation claims.


  • New Jersey Workers’ Comp eBilling rules adopted

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    | Jun 13, 2018
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    eBilling, Workers' Compensation
    The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Workers’ Compensation (the department), recently adopted regulations to implement prior electronic medical billing (eBilling) legislation – requiring eBilling effective October 2019. The rules also adopt a 60-day payment timeframe for complete electronic medical bills, which the prior legislation also required.


  • The coming Texas compound preauthorization requirement: Attention to grandfathered prescriptions

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 12, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Compounded Medications
    The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted changes to its Closed Formulary to require preauthorization for all compounded medications, regardless of ingredient makeup. The new preauthorization requirement takes effect for prescriptions written and dispensed on or after July 1, 2018.