Tampa, FL – Healthesystems recently announced that Workers’ Compensation claims professionals can download a practical, easy-to-use reference on opioid case planning at www.healthesystems.com/rxinformer. The piece divides pain into three phases and makes recommendations concerning use of opioids in each. Step-by-step advice guides prescribers and claims professionals through the many decisions involved in starting, continuing and discontinuing opioid therapy. The advice draws from evidence-based guidelines issued by select states and leading industry groups.
Guidance is also provided on how best to handle claims in which pain persists or dose tapering or detoxification is warranted. A reference to screening tools for substance abuse, risk assessment, treatment monitoring and mental health is also included.
“Effective management of opioids is a key issue for workers’ comp payers today. Our clinical team continually monitors evidence-based guidelines, and compiled an opioid therapy planning guide as a quick reference for claims professionals and prescribers,” said Healthesystems Chief Medical Officer Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM, an occupational medicine specialist.
The opioid therapy planning guide was published in the Fall 2013 RxInformer clinical journal. The issue contains related articles on:
- the signs of fraud, abuse and misuse to watch for in claims involving opioid therapy
- complementary and alternative medicine therapies for managing pain
- dangers that can arise when opioids are used in combination with certain other drugs
RxInformer is a trusted source of clinical information and guidance on how best to plan for the challenges that lay ahead in workers’ compensation. The semi-annual publication provides insights across a broad spectrum of emerging industry trends. Request a copy of the latest issue at www.healthesystems.com/rxinformer or download the e-zine app for iPad® on the App Store. The app offers an interactive experience and additional content in the form of animations and links to related information.