Ohio Workers' Comp System Helping to Tackle State's Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jun 7, 2018 11:11:33 AM

Towns, states, and the entire country are struggling with the current opioid epidemic and how to address it. Some states and counties have created various initiatives to help reduce opioid abuse including dosage limits, expanded access to Narcan, and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) requirements.  Ohio is one of those states tackling the opioid epidemic head-on, including their strides within the state’s workers’ comp system.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

5 Workplace Safety Hazards to Avoid

Posted by Kellie Collier on May 18, 2018 12:14:32 PM

Every year, approximately 3 million workers are injured on the job with more than 4,500 of those injuries resulting in fatalities. In recent years, fatal work injuries have been on the rise among self-employed and contract workers.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Workplace Wellness

Medicare Set Aside and Workers' Compensation

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 10, 2018 11:51:36 AM

Sometimes in workers’ compensation we hear the term “Medicare Set Aside”, or more commonly, MSA.  So, what is an MSA?  Just like it’s title, an MSA is a set-aside.  When an injured worker settles their claim and is expected to have future medical bills associated with their injury and are receiving or will start receiving Medicare, they will be required to set up an MSA.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Why Patient Satisfaction is Important in Your Recovery

Posted by Kellie Collier on May 2, 2018 11:27:43 AM

Patient satisfaction has been a key motivator in workers’ compensation claims. For many injured workers recovering from a work injury, finances, loss of mobility or issues with insurance carriers can make you have a negative outlook on the entire workers’ comp system.  

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What do I do if I Get Hurt on the Job in Georgia?

Posted by Bryan Ramos, Ramos Law Firm on Apr 5, 2018 11:17:51 AM

Being hurt at work can be very frustrating and confusing for many people.   In Georgia, the Workers’ Compensation Act applies to businesses with three or more regular employees.  Generally, any physical injury or accident that arose out of and in the course of employment qualifies for workers’ compensation. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What is a Return to Work Program?

Posted by Kellie Collier on Mar 25, 2018 4:58:30 PM

You may have heard the term “Return to Work program” if you’ve been injured on the job. Traditionally, these types of programs were introduced as a way to help employers save on workers’ compensation costs by allowing the injured worker to slowly transition back into the workforce. Now, Return to Work (RTW) programs have taken on a much more employee-friendly approach, helping to meet the needs of both the employer and employee.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Workers' Comp Drug Formulary Coming to Indiana in 2019

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Mar 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

At the beginning of March, the Indiana legislature passed SB 369, a bill to establish a workers’ comp drug formulary for the state of Indiana.  The bill had significant support in both the House and Senate and the Governor is now being urged to sign the bill into law.  As we know, every formulary is unique and Indiana’s proposal is no different. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Building Blocks of a Drug Formulary

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Mar 13, 2018 11:36:25 AM

Another year, another legislative session, and another handful of ways to tackle a drug formulary.  Since 2011 when Texas introduced their closed drug formulary to the workers' comp world, states have been lining up to discuss if a drug formulary is right for them. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What is Worker Misclassification?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Feb 20, 2018 2:07:10 PM

If you’ve been following workers’ compensation in recent years, you may have heard the phrase “worker misclassification”.  While the misclassification problem isn’t new, how states are approaching it is. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Reining in Requirements on Compound Medications

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jan 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Compound medications, or compounding, is the process of creating a custom medication to treat a patient’s individual medical condition.  To create a compound, a physician will write a compound prescription, which lists the exact amount and combination of drugs to be used to meet a patient’s needs.  The prescription is then sent to the pharmacy, who creates the compound drug.  Some compound prescriptions require a special compounding pharmacy to create, while others can be made in a licensed pharmacy – it all depends on the combination of ingredients and goal of the product.   

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Legislative

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