June 21, 2018

More Insight Leads to Better Outcomes


Throughout 2016 Optum is offering a comprehensive continuing education program in which its experts share actionable insight on workers’ compensation trends and challenges. Following each presentation, they will provide Key Takeaways reiterating guidance, that when applied, lead to better outcomes. Opioid analgesics have an important place…[Continue Reading]

Electromedical Devices: Use in Pain Management and Injury-Related Complications


The high prevalence of chronic pain coupled with the risks associated with the use of prescription medications, particularly opioid analgesics to treat pain, has led to increasing interest in the development of nonpharmacologic treatment options. One such nonpharmacologic treatment category, electromedical devices, is sometimes overlooked. While the different…[Continue Reading]

Seven Considerations when Evaluating Pharmacogenetic Testing in Workers’ Comp


While a number of variables influence how medications affect each claimant, clinical evidence suggests that genetics may influence how medication metabolizes in the body. A growing area of study, pharmacogenetics explores how inherited or acquired genetic variations may influence an individual’s response to medication therapy. When contemplating…[Continue Reading]

Trending Pharmacy Cost-Driver: Topical Packs & Kits


A tube of Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac), a commonly prescribed topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), will cost a payer $60. Yet when it is packaged together with antibacterial wipes, its list price may be about nine times this cost, at $500. Convenience packs, or “co-packs” are not a new concept in workers’ compensation. However, there has been…[Continue Reading]

Moving Beyond Opioid Analgesics


While many people are aware of the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction and even overdose that accompany the use of opioid analgesics, not everyone understands the profound affects they can have on nearly every body system. Last summer you met Anne, a 45-year old woman who injured her back at work. Over the course of her claim…[Continue Reading]

Controllable Risk Factors in Diagnostic Imaging for Injured Workers


Advanced imaging, including the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans frequently used in workers’ compensation, help physicians diagnose workplace injuries and develop effective treatment plans. Numerous studies show that advanced imaging has improved medical outcomes in the areas of declining mortality, reduced…[Continue Reading]

New Clinical Decision Points in Drug Therapy


Decision points and intervention opportunities regarding a patient’s drug therapy can vary over the lifetime of a claim and per individual patient. Up front, basic interventions such as having a drug formulary in place can put a claim on the right path from the start, while well-established and more complex claims might require more strategic clinical…[Continue Reading]

Using a Multifaceted Approach to Break the Sleep-Pain Cycle


We’ve all experienced those times when much-needed sleep was elusive or have been woken up in the middle of the night only to find you just can’t get back to sleep. Whether caused by stresses from social obligations, work, or home responsibilities, an occasional bout of insomnia, while frustrating, is relatively harmless. However, for those…[Continue Reading]

The Differing Effects of Opioid Analgesics


While many are concerned about the potential for misuse and abuse that comes with the utilization of opioid analgesics, an additional challenge is the side effects opioid analgesics can cause. You may have met Anne, a 45-year-old woman who injured her back at work. Helios shared her story in July to demonstrate how opioid analgesics have the potential…[Continue Reading]

Can 3D Printing Lend a Hand to the Workers’ Compensation Industry?


Over the past 10 years, 3D printing has become a more accepted and better-understood manufacturing process. Many herald the new technology as revolutionary, if not transformative to a variety of industries, ranging from industrial design to manufacturing. Use of 3D printing technology is recognized as particularly impactful to the medical…[Continue Reading]

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