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Study: Formulary Could Save California Workers’ Comp $124M-$420M

Adopting a state-mandated workers’ compensation prescription drug formulary similar to systems in place in Texas and Washington could reduce California workers’ comp pharmacy payments by between $124 million and $420 million per year, a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows. …

Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp Reform May Fall Short

California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working for the most part, but some of the savings may not materialize thanks to pressure on the system, according to Dave Bellusci, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief actuary at the …

California Workers’ Comp IMR Working: Study, Government

A key part to California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working, according to a new study and the people running the system. More than 95 percent of workers’ comp medical treatment requests are approved following the utilization review and independent …

Passing of Torch at California Workers’ Compensation Institute

Workers’ compensation wonk Alex Swedlow will become the fourth president of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute in 50 years following the announced retirement on Monday of J. Michael Nolan as president of the group. Nolan’s retirement is effective May 1. CWCI’s …

Report Suggests Compounders Adapted to California Price Controls

Think California’s new workers’ compensation reform law addressed just about every aspect of an unwieldy system which, few would argue, desperately needs fixing? Think again. A report on compounding drugs reveals the effects of another workers’ comp-related law enacted at …