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Medical Marijuana and Reimbursement

Medical marijuana, at one time highly doubted and hotly debated, is now a fast-growing reality. Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia provide limited legal protections from arrest for authorized patients who use cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. Another 7 states have legislation pending.   To qualify for a medical marijuana ID card, which […]

Telemedicine to the Rescue?

The physician shortage we’ve been warned about is expected to arrive in only 10 years. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2025, the United States will be dealing with a deficit of more than 130,000 practitioners, including primary care doctors and specialists.   This coming shortage has implications for healthcare delivery, as […]

Wearable Technology in the Workplace

One drawback of workers’ compensation is the fact that the system traditionally only comes into play after an injury has occurred. New tools in the form of wearable technology are changing the ways in which insurers can interact with workers and are bringing proactive injury-prevention measures into a previously purely reactive field. Experts are excited […]

Drug Formularies Reduce Costs, Gain in Popularity

Workers’ compensation drug formularies are not a new idea, but only a few states currently have such mandated formularies in place, according to an article in Claims Journal. Only Washington, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma have previously existing state-regulated drug formularies. California is the most recent state to make the change. In early October, Governor Jerry […]

Back pain in the US: Numerous causes, uncertain treatment

This much is clear: America has a serious back pain problem.   Back pain presents a growing challenge for the health care system. Back pain (including neck pain) is the cause of more than 10 percent of primary care visits. Roughly $86 billion of health care resources goes toward treating it each year.   The […]

Opioids and Using Physician Led Pharmacy Reviews for Optimal Care

The release of the Pro Publica/ NPR report on workers’ compensation has spurred much debate about the state of workers’ compensation in the United States. One of the ongoing debates involved is how to effectively monitor and approve the prescription of opioids for pain management. With New York adopting mandatory e-prescriptions for controlled substances[1] and […]

Eytan Alpern, MD, Founder of Advanced Medical Reviews, to Speak at 20th Annual PBMI Conference in San Antonio, Texas

Eytan Alpern, MD, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Medical Reviews (“AMR”), one of the country’s leading Independent Review and Utilization Management Organizations, will be a featured speaker at the 20th Annual PBMI Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 2, 2015. In his session, “The Importance of Revisiting Medication Regimens and a Look […]

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