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Between Two Coasts – Episode 2

Originally published on WorkersCompensation.com’s Experts View on December 3, 2020 Tim Benak (QLI) and I hosted Episode 2 of our Between Two Coasts podcast on November 24. Our guests were Becky Curtis of Take Courage Coaching and Dr. Geralyn Datz of Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates. They both help people, including injured workers, find the best way to manage chronic …
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Opioid Accountability !?

Drug News from Preferred Medical … Purdue Pharma, the company that manufactures OxyContin, is in the news. Again. On October 21, the Sackler family (company owners) agreed to pay $225 million to resolve their liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). On November 24, their company pled guilty to three felonies – two counts of …
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New York Formulary Flash

Drug News from Preferred Medical … The New York Workers’ Compensation Board announced on November 18 it is “temporarily suspending the January 1, 2021, date for refill compliance, and a new date (likely spring, 2021), will be announced soon.” The original May 2019 regulations set the date for refill and renewal prescription compliance with the …
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Responding to The Punch

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” That’s how Mike Tyson responded to media’s concerns about a competitor’s boxing strategy. In case you only know Mike Tyson from “The Hangover” with the tiger and playing air drums to “In the Air Tonight” (one of my favorite movie scenes), he was the …
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COVID Silver Linings

I know. Everybody has COVID fatigue, whether it’s talking about it, listening about it, or living with it. Everybody has an opinion, and some of them are even right. For all that has gone wrong, from “predictive models” (air quotes intended) to the negative impacts (which made Black Swan models look tame), there have been …
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Between Two Coasts – Episode 1

Tim Benak and I were extremely excited to have our launch – Episode 1 – of the monthly “Between Two Coasts” podcast on October 8. We are very thankful to our employers, QLI and Preferred Medical, for sponsoring our efforts. Our goal is to recreate the environment at a conference where we have informal hallway …
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Breast Cancer Awareness?

I’m not sure if you know it but each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.” It just got my full attention in a fresh new way. On October 14, a friend (who will remain anonymous) told me she had breast cancer. I received the same news …
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Down the Regulatory Rabbit Hole

I had the privilege of being on a panel with Lisa Anne Bickford (Director of Government Relations, Coventry) and Don Lipsy (AVP, Managed Care Government Relations, Sedgwick) at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability virtual conference on October 21. Our session was entitled “Workers’ Comp Regulatory and Legislative Trends that Belong on Your Radar for …
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Duragesic Discontinuation Decision

Drug News from Preferred Medical … In case you missed the notice on April 1, 2020, the FDA announced the following about Janssen Pharmaceuticals: “The Company made a business decision to permanently discontinue all Duragesic/fentanyl transdermal system. Product should be maintained on the formularies until the last batch produced expires (31 July 2021), in order …
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A Woman of Integrity

I have a hero. Her name is Justine. She is the daughter of a former colleague of mine. Her story is one of overcoming and paying forward. In other words, a “success story”. We are surrounded by heartbreaking stories (“One family loses two sons to opioid epidemic: It’s ‘overwhelming’“) including COVID-19’s “deaths of despair” so …
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