Marijuana and Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, David Deitz, MD, and Raji Chadarevian from NCCI discussed the use of medical marijuana and opioids in workers’ compensation. The number of claims that included the use of opioid medications in workers’ compensation decreased 12% from 2014 to 2015 and 8% in from 2015 to 2016. Overall, opioid […]

How Marijuana is Affecting Workers’ Compensation and the Workplace

Presented by: Darrell Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Denis Algiers, Director, Risk Initiatives/National Medical Director, Albertson’s Safeway, Inc. This session at the RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio was an overview of the state of recreational and medicinal marijuana legislation and impact with respect to […]

How Marijuana Laws Impact Prescription Drug Spending

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Dr. David Bradford from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia discussed the impact state marijuana laws have on prescription drug spending. The question is, what has been the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on the use of FDA approved pain […]

Recreational and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

At the 2018 CLM/Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality conference a panel discussed the workplace challenges associated with marijuana. The panel included: Kerry Keeney Curtin – Senior Claims Analyst; Allied World Insurance Company Tony Lutfi – CEO; Maritime Management Company Barry Moscowitz – Attorney; Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons LLP Shane Singh – Attorney; Lewis, […]

Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2017 IAIABC Annual Convention, a session discussed the challenges and potential of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Matthew Fisher – Partner, Reinisch, Wilson, Weier PC Sherry Hickey – Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, Safety National One of the first challenges with medical marijuana is the conflict between state and […]

Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers’ Compensation System 

Most do not know that the opioid epidemic, the parallel heroin epidemic and the momentum towards marijuana legalization are all interrelated. In this session at WCI’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM, discussed the impact of these drugs on the workers’ compensation system and what the future holds. The […]

Controversy Continues: Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation

During a session at the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference, Kevin Glennon, VP of Clinical Programs, One Call Care Management, and Markie Davis, Risk Manager, State of Colorado, discuss medical marijuana. As the push for legalization continues, let’s explore the hailstorm of medical, legal and regulatory questions this brings. Federal Law The Controlled Substances Act categorizes […]

Alternatives to Opioids in Chronic Pain

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, a panel discussed alternatives to opioids in chronic pain. The panel included: Kathy Fisher – WCRI (moderator) Dean Hashimoto, MD – MA Department of Industrial Accidents Paul Sighinolfi – ME Workers’ Compensation Board Paul Tauriello – CO Division of Workers’ Compensation Dawn Ehde, MD – University […]

Federal Risk Management Issues Affecting Employers

This session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference analyzed the latest federal workers’ compensation trends and their impact on employers. Speakers included: Gregory McKenna, VP & Counsel Governmental Affairs, Gallagher Bassett Robert Cartwright, Jr., Safety and Health Regional Manager, Bridgestone Retail Operations OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Regulations OSHA recently issued a final reporting […]

An Update on Medical Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana is expanding rapidly and recreational marijuana is making a serious, and perhaps inevitable, run at being legal. So where do we stand from a medical perspective? In this session at WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Donald Bucklin, MD, Medical Review Officer at U.S. Healthworks, provided a marijuana status update. There are 483 […]


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