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The Opioid Crisis: What Employers Can Do

By |2018-12-03T11:20:31+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Employers, Opioid Series, Opioids|

Recently released Opioid Epidemic statistics from 2017 reveal that the country continues to convulse in the throes of this public health crisis. New laws aimed at addressing the issue are coming out of both state and federal sources, and even the tech industry is focusing more attention on using digital devices to prevent or reduce [...]

Governments and Opioids

By |2018-10-31T12:10:27+00:00October 31st, 2018|CMS, Government, Opioid Series, Opioids|

Across the country, governments of all types are looking at how the opioid crisis is affecting their regions and communities. Both the federal Administration and Congress have issued new rules at the national level that reflect their cognizance of the concern and its causes. States, too, are addressing how their systems manage the crisis, including [...]

Opioids and America’s Workers’ Compensation System

By |2018-10-03T14:55:35+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Opioid Series, Opioids|

As more entities study the impact of America's opioid crisis, reports are emerging that reveal a tragic tale unfolding for not just the addicts, but also the communities in which they live. The cost of the epidemic is born across several segments of society, and, because those segments also impact non-opioid affected people, essentially, everyone [...]

America’s Opioid Epidemic: How it Impacts Work Comp

By |2018-08-29T11:37:24+00:00August 29th, 2018|Opioid Series, Opioids|

CompEx MSA is proud to provide this primer series on America's opioid epidemic to help its colleagues and fellow community members be more aware of the problem and mindful of what they can do to avoid contributing to it in the future.   Part One: What it is and how it got started The 'opioid [...]

Evolving CMS Controls on Opioid Prescriptions

By |2018-08-01T10:32:46+00:00August 1st, 2018|CMS, MSA, Opioids|

Despite notable guidance available in other arenas, more than two thirds (69.4%) of California's submitted WCMSA proposals include extended funding for opioid medications. The statistic is startling considering that Medicare itself does not recommend using opioids for long-term use or chronic pain. The National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) and the National Council of [...]

Accounting for MSA Drug Price Hikes

By |2018-03-29T13:46:34+00:00March 29th, 2018|MSA, Opioids|

In almost all Workers’ Compensation (WC) cases, the Medicare Set-Aside account (MSA) includes a certain percentage of funding to cover the pharmaceutical expenses that are involved in many recovery protocols. MSAs related to more significant injuries such as loss of limbs or temporary or permanent disabilities often reserve the highest financial value specifically for drugs [...]

CMS Proposes Opioid-Management Rules

By |2017-11-30T09:37:07+00:00November 30th, 2017|CMS, MSA, Opioids|

America is struggling to contain its nation-wide opioid epidemic, which has taken thousands of lives and crippled the lives of many thousands more. In mid-2016, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the first federal law designed to provide a comprehensive, balanced, and coordinated strategy to improve access to and treatment for [...]