Can an insurer submit medication prescription requests to utilization review (UR) even where those medications have been repeatedly authorized before? That question has been hotly debated in California workers’ comp circles  after a recent WCAB Significant Panel Decision, Patterson v. The Oaks Farm (2014) 79 CCC 910.  The issue comes up again and again in

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The American public is skeptical about workers’ comp. That’s the take away from results of a recent Harris Poll, noted in a workcompcentral.com by Ben Miller. Harris Interactive performed an October 2014 online survey of several thousand people, commissioned by a pharmacy company. Here are the questions Harris asked and their findings: “How strongly do

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The non-campaign is over. Jerry Brown will soon be on his fourth lap in the governor’s office. It seems like just yesterday that Brown was speaking at a fundraiser at my house in Oakland, but actually it was four years ago. Brown stood on my back patio, looking toward the Golden Gate, addressing around one hundred

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