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Physicians Dispensing Drugs

CID Review discusses the issue of Physicians Dispensing Drugs.

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FDA recommended that Vicodin be reclassified

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the drug Vicodin be reclassified from a Schedule III drug to Schedule II.

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Physician Dispensing Drugs Adds To Workers’ Compensation Costs

CID Review takes a closer look at an ongoing disagreement about the impact of physicians dispensing drugs and workers’ compensation costs.

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Workers’ compensation fraud

Here’s yet another case of workers’ compensation fraud. They are far too common. A Southern California teaching assistant, Gerald Padilla (45 years old) has been arrested and charged with five felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Here’s the facts… Mr. Padilla filed a workers’ compensation […]

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Opioids and workers’ compensation

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the Lockton company has published a new report on the cost of opioids and workers’ compensation. Lockton is billed as the largest privately held insurance broker in the world. It has published a white paper titled Opioids Wreak […]

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BART Okays $9 million for workers’ compensation

BART says okay to $9 million for workers’ compensation claims. In a story reported in the San Francisco Examiner, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) approved the resources as part of their overall operating funds for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The statement claims that the […]

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Drug costs in workers’ compensation

There is a problem when it comes to drug costs in workers’ compensation, the direct dispensing of prescriptions from the treating doctor. When an individual is involved in a work-related injury, s/he often gets a prescription directly from the doctor. In fact, the practice of […]

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Does Not Having Workers’ Compensation Insurance Save Money?

The question of the day is, does not having workers’ compensation insurance actually save employers money? In other words, is it more expensive to pay for insurance or to pay for ancillary costs, such as attorney fees, when a claim is filed? It would appear […]

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Migraine Headaches and Workers’ Compensation

I ran across a very interesting article today. The article cites a California case in which a worker was denied benefits for migraine headaches. The worker claimed that the headaches were aggravated by friction that was created by his supervisor, in other words, job-related. By […]

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Testing, Testing…

Drug testing is becoming popular as a means of identifying medication abusers.

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Rates Expected to Rise in California

It would appear that the rates that employers pay for workers’ compensation will rise in the State of California. The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) recently proposed a 4.1% increase in the average workers’ compensation rates. Prior to the request, the average rate was […]

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Cost Containment Costs Money

No surprises here. A recent survey indicates that cost containment tops the list of employers’ workers’ compensation concerns. Cost Containment Tops List The survey, done by Zywave, looked at the workers’ compensation concerns of 3500 employers. The survey found that 59% were concerned about cost […]

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