In medical news:

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards hosted a webinar yesterday discussing the impact of legislation in states who responded to physician-dispensing in workers’ compensation. Legislation limiting physician-dispensing and reimbursements for physician-dispensed medications has been enacted in several states in recent years including: Hawaii Senate Bill 2365 and Pennsylvania House Bill 1846, which limited reimbursements and days of dispensed medication, respectively. Arizona and Maryland have also introduced bills to address physician-dispensing but their attempts died in committee. In the webinar, the Accident Fund displayed a map that revealed several statistics, specifically that:

  • 26 states and D.C. allow physician-dispensing with no controls (Louisiana is one of these states)
  • 3 states (Arkansas, Minnesota and New Jersey) allow physician dispensing but with controls
  • 13 states allow physician-dispensing but have price controls
  • 4 states have banned physician dispensing but have some special exceptions

See the map (slide 33) and the rest of the webinar slides here. Read the study (“Effect of Physician-Dispensed Medication on Workers’ Compensation Claim Outcomes in the State of Illinois”) that inspired much of the legislation across the country here. Read the full overview of the webinar from WorkCompCentral here.