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Prescription guidelines

The state of Ohio has put together some prescription guidelines. The guidelines are an attempt to reign in the abuse of prescriptions, particularly opioids. In January 2011, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT). One of the products of […]

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Obesity linked to back pain

Not surprisingly, obesity is linked to back pain. With the recent declaration of the American Medical Association (AMA) that obesity is a disease, CID Review wondered what impact this might have on the workers’ compensation system. According to one article, the annual cost of back […]

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Attention to safety pays

It would seem that attention to safety pays. The state of Montana is testimony to that. New restrictions on workers’ compensation that were approved by the Montana legislature and increased attention to work safety have combined. The result has been a reduction in workers’ compensation […]

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First responders bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a first responders bill. In a somewhat partisan vote, the Senate failed to override the veto by a vote of 22-14. All of the Democratic Senators that were present voted “yes” (except Senator Dick Cody, who abstained). In […]

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Spinal fusion

There was an interesting item from WorkCompCentral about the abuse of spinal fusion surgeries. Apparently, a whistleblower has made a complaint about spinal fusion surgeries. The complaint alleges that a number of defendants have bilked the workers’ compensation system out of money for spinal fusion […]

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First responders bill vetoed

A first responders bill (SB 1778) has been vetoed in New Jersey. The bill would have provided additional workers’ compensation benefits for public safety workers. SB 1778, was introduced to the New Jersey legislature by State Senator Linda R. Greenstein. It would have guaranteed workers’ […]

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Obesity and workers’ compensation costs

In this post we’re going to discuss the issue of obesity and workers’ compensation costs. If you don’t already know, the American Medical Association (AMA) has just decided that obesity is a disease. As someone who has battled weight most of my life (I’m really […]

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AB 1309

AB 1309 has passed the state legislature. AB 1309 (Assembly Bill 1309) restricts professional athletes that play for non-California teams, from filing cumulative trauma claims in California. AB 1309 California Assembly Bill 1309 (AB 1309) was introduced by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno). It was […]

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Study looks at repackaged drugs

A study looks at repackaged drugs.  Are repackaged drugs advantageous? Some say “yes”, others “no”. Repackaged drugs are dispensed by physicians directly to patients. The practice of physicians dispensing of repackaged drugs is drawing the scrutiny of insurers, legislators and regulators. The issue is a […]

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Opioid use and abuse

A recent study highlights opioid use and abuse. The study, “Longer term use of opioids” was recently released by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study was based on 300,000 workers’ compensation claims. A total of 1.1 million prescriptions were assessed. The information came […]

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Are clinical factors good predictors?

Are clinical factors good predictors of surgical outcome? That’s the question of the day. Clinical factors as surgical predictors… Recently, CID Review posted about the presence of surgical indicators for low back pain. In the post, CID Review cited a study about early predictors of […]

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Return to work

CID Review recently ran across a very interesting comment regarding return to work. Sometimes the simplest things have the most meaning. I have to give credit where credit is due. I have the opportunity to participate in an online discussion group, the Work Disability Roundtable. […]

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