December 17, 2017

Medication Agreements: An Educational Tool for Reducing Prescription Misuse and Abuse

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A recent study in the April 2015 issue of Pain found that one in four patients using opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain misuse their medication, whether by under using it, taking it erratically, or taking it inappropriately. The researchers concluded that this problem may be overcome by increasing patient education…[Continue Reading]

Opioid Analgesics Have the Potential to Affect Every Major Body System

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Society is aware of the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and even death that come with the use of opioid analgesics. The statistics are alarming with 46 people dying from an overdose of prescription painkillers in the U.S. every day. Yet many overlook how chronic pain and opioid analgesics can affect the systems in the body…[Continue Reading]

3 Elements That Optimize Physical Medicine Management

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It is well-supported within worker’s compensation that non-pharmacologic methods of treatment, such as physical medicine, are a valuable component of the overall treatment plan. However, less supported is the ability for payers to evaluate and manage the quality of physical medicine services. Although evidence-based guidelines exist as a framework…[Continue Reading]

Private-Label Topicals: Increased Scrutiny is Warranted for this Potential Cost Driver

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Physician prescribing of private-label topical analgesics has increased in workers’ comp, with prescribing rates doubling since 2012.1 Awareness of these expensive and clinically unproven products is becoming increasingly important due to their potential cost and safety implications. From a clinical perspective, private-label topicals offer no greater benefit…[Continue Reading]

The Keys to Clinical Excellence: You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

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Clinical intervention is a proven and valuable tool utilized industry-wide by workers’ compensation PBMs and payers. That’s not breaking news. However, the current process embraced by the industry merely scratches the surface of success because it focuses solely on a patient’s medication therapy. Making clinical recommendations based on only one aspect… [Continue Reading]

Is Tapering Part of Your Opioid Management Strategy?

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Workers’ compensation claims organizations that incorporate tapering as part of an aggressive opioid management strategy can minimize risks to patients receiving long-term opioid therapy and keep claim costs in check. Long-term opioid therapy for treating chronic pain carries significant risks and can lead to complex, escalating and expensive… [Continue Reading]

High Performance Strategies to Manage Costly Prescription Drugs – Don’t Overlook the Basics

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The road to managing high cost prescription drug therapies can be bumpy and riddled with obstacles but often there are advanced solutions available that are not always widely used. Several drug utilization management tools can be strategically implemented to provide more cost effective and therapeutically appropriate treatment options for injured workers… [Continue Reading]

Alternative Approaches to Chronic Pain

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Many factors, including opioid therapy, trauma and injuries can alter the brain’s perception of pain and set the stage for chronic pain. A number of alternative therapies have proven useful in resetting the brain’s perceptions and curbing chronic pain without the use of medication. The brain is resilient and can adapt to changing circumstances. Trauma or… [Continue Reading]

Specialty Pharmacy Invades Workers’ Comp

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Frequently, trends seen in the group health insurance market eventually trickle their way into the workers’ compensation industry. In most situations, whether these trends involve new treatments, new guidelines or new medications they likely will have an effect on a patient’s overall treatment regimen. Adding to the complexity, however… [Continue Reading]

Lethal Drug Combinations Warrant Close Monitoring

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The number of deaths resulting from prescription drug overdoses is staggering — over 38,000 in 2010 according to published reports by the CDC — and the number is escalating. Opioids were a factor in 15,000 deadly overdoses stemming from combinations of prescription drugs and alcohol in 2010. When considering the prevalent use of opioids… [Continue Reading]

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