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Published: 05/23/2014 in Claims Management
Twenty years ago there were only 10 specialty drugs on the market and they were rarely seen in workers’ compensation. Today there are over 300, and drugs such as anticoagulants and antivirals are making their way into claims.
Published: 01/15/2015 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
What is it about the employee-employer relationship that makes trust such a critical variable? How does trust translate into recovery and return-to-work? And what can employers do to earn employees’ trust?
Published: 09/15/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
With increasing emergency room visits due to the misuse or abuse of opioid analgesics, a medication largely used in the workers’ comp industry, payers are seeking tools to reduce their misuse or abuse. Learn about the success of such a tool.
Published: 07/30/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
“Psych.” To many in the workers’ compensation field, it sounds like one of “those” words—although it actually has five letters. Find the answers to some fundamental questions about the relationship between mental disorders and work comp injuries.
Published: 08/03/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
As costs continue to rise, participants are looking for methods to identify costs that can be controlled and ways to handle claims more efficiently. With this shift, it’s important to look for system features that help you make effective UR decisions and
Published: 11/17/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
The WCAB found that the utilization review (UR) in the Dubon case was defective. Rather than calling for an independent medical review (IMR) as required by SB863, the WCAB made the treatment decision itself.
Published: 04/01/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
In 2013, key stakeholders in the workers’ compensation industry gathered to discuss physician dispensing. The consensus was that dialogue, data, and collaboration could drive positive change. Now a year later, this paper discusses what’s happened.
Published: 10/22/2014 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
A recent study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute found that easily available, over-the-counter drugs were sold at significantly higher prices when dispensed through physician offices.
Published: 04/17/2012 in Workers’ Comp & Disability
Unnecessary Use of Higher-Priced Medications Leading Cause of Waste; Lower-Cost, Clinically Equivalent Alternatives Would Save Billions for Workers' Compensation Payers
This study looks inside a catastrophic work comp case that included multiple opioids totaling over $27,000 a month. The case was brought to myMatrixx for review and the outcome delivered a savings of over $250,000 per year for the claim.