June 12, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Minding Marijuana!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some interesting insight from One Call Care Management’s Kevin Glennon, who recently gave a presentation on what Case Managers need to know regarding medical marijuana as support for it as an alternative to opioid pain meds grows. Glennon noted that a recent study found…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 6/30/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Outstanding Florida Millennials Recognized FL Workers’ Comp Adjudication Catastrophic Injuries – Factors that Derail a Claim with Laney Bond Inside Workers’ Comp Women in Comp: Linda Alwood, Executive Director of LCA LCI Comp Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

Medical Marijuana in WC: One Call Expert Outlines What Case Managers Need to Know

One Call Care Management

Jacksonville, FL – As a result of the types of workers’ compensation accidents and injuries that occur, case managers often see a significant number of chronic pain cases vulnerable to opioid abuse and addiction. A recent study found that three out of every four injured workers are prescribed opioid medications for pain management…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2016

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that it has posted the 2016 ethics advisory committee’s annual report on its website. The Workers’ Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC) is a state committee independent of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The EAC is a state committee…[Continue Reading]

Express Scripts Elects Kathleen M. Mazzarella to Board of Directors

Express Scripts

St. Louis, MO – Express Scripts Holding Company (Nasdaq: ESRX) recently announced the election of Kathleen M. Mazzarella to the company’s Board of Directors effective June 27, 2017. “We are honored that Kathy will be joining our Board, and we appreciate the wealth of expertise and experience she will bring to us,” said George Paz…[Continue Reading]

FL Chronic Pain Doc & Office Staff Charged with Conspiring to Dispense Oxycodone

US Attorneys Office Seal

Miami, FL – Dr. Willem Ouw, 84, of Broward County, was recently charged in a ten-count indictment with conspiracy to dispense oxycodone, attempting to dispense oxycodone, morphine and amphetamine, and dispensing a controlled substance without authorization by law. Sarah Shoopman, 36, Orange County, and Donna Licata, 62…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: New Drug Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Coventry’s release of the first portion of its 2016 First Script Drug Trends Series, which will continue to present traditional, managed, and unmanaged views, but is now offered in a great new format with more concise pieces that allow for easier examination of trends and recommendations…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 6/29/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis Reuters Prescription Abuse Drops When States Adopt Mandatory Monitoring Bloomberg When Anger Erupts (Violence in the Workplace) MEMIC Safety Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources.… [Continue Reading]

Coventry Releases Part 1 of 2016 First Script Drug Trends Report Series


Downers Grove, IL – Coventry recently announced the release of the first part of its 2016 Drug Trends Series, which is based on all calendar year transactions billed through its PBM Program, First Script, as well as transactions from medical bill review to reflect the total pharmacy experience for their client base. This year, Coventry noted…[Continue Reading]

WI Sees Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Rates for Second Consecutive Year


Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance recently approved an overall 8.46% rate decrease for Worker’s Compensation (WC) premiums for business this year following a 3.19% decline last year. Some specific industries, like manufacturing, will see even greater decreases of 9.28%. This overall decrease represents a savings of…[Continue Reading]

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