June 21, 2017

CA DIR and Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspend Psychiatrist for Fraud


San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) have suspended Pasadena psychiatrist Jason Hui-Tek Yang from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. Dr. Yang was convicted in Riverside County Superior Court for his involvement in an insurance fraud conspiracy…[Continue Reading]

FDA Requests Removal of Opana ER from Market for Risks Related to Abuse


Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market. After careful consideration, the agency is seeking removal based on its concern that the benefits of the drug…[Continue Reading]

VT DOL Announces David Lahr as New Workforce Development Director

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Montpelier, VT – Commissioner of Labor Lindsay Kurrle recently announced the appointment of long-time Department of Labor employee David Lahr as the new Workforce Development Division Director. “As we work to align statewide workforce, education, and economic development resources necessary to develop a vibrant economy…[Continue Reading]

LA Governor Edwards Makes Appointments to Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council

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Baton Rouge, LA – Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions, including the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council.The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the governor and the legislature on the implementation…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Research Group Releases Report on Compound Drugs in TX Workers’ Comp

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Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Research Group recently released a new report that evaluates the utilization and cost patterns of compounded drugs dispensed in the Texas workers’ compensation system. Compounding is a process where a pharmacist or a physician combines…[Continue Reading]

PCI Says IL Workers’ Comp Legislation Could Have Negative Consequences


Chicago, IL – The Illinois state Legislature recently passed workers’ compensation legislation HB 2525, which addresses rate regulation and makes other changes, and HB 2622, which would loan funds from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Operations Fund for the start-up and initial capitalization of the Illinois Employers…[Continue Reading]

CA Anticipates Delay to MTUS Formulary Implementation; Getting it Done Right vs Fast


San Francsico, CA – In a measure of wisdom and prudence, leadership with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) confirmed in a recent discussion with Optum that they anticipate a delay in the implementation of the formulary until January 1, 2018. The anticipated delay is deliberate and serves to allow time for…[Continue Reading]

CA Commissioner Jones Advises WC Insurers Reduce Rates by 16.5%

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Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, effective July 1, 2017. This is 16.5 percent less than the average pure premium rate of $2.42 California insurers filed as of January 1, 2017…[Continue Reading]

OR Gov Brown Announces Opioid Abuse & Dependency Task Force

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Salem, OR – Governor Kate Brown recently announced that she has tasked Senior Policy Advisor Jeff Rhoades with leading a statewide effort to combat opioid abuse and dependency. Rhoades will create a task force consisting of medical experts, drug treatment specialists, and government officials to identify and implement efforts…[Continue Reading]

AZ Gov Ducey Signs Legislation Establishing Drug Overdose Review Team

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Phoenix, AZ – Governor Doug Ducey recently signed legislation establishing a review team to investigate every drug overdose death in Arizona. The team will be comprised of the state’s top health, prevention, and public safety officials and will be tasked with collecting data on drug overdoses and coordinating with local stakeholders to…[Continue Reading]

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