Atlanta, GA – Health Strategy Associates Principal Joseph Paduda will speak twice at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta in April.
Paduda joins Accident Fund Holdings’ Corporate Medical Director Dan Hunt and myMatrixx Chief Clinical Officer Phillip Walls to look at prescription drug monitoring programs in workers’ compensation on April 7. Moderated by John Eadie of the PDMP Center of Excellence, the session explains how accessing the complete prescription history of a PDMP-enrolled patient helps third-party payers protect patient safety and control costs. Panelists discuss experiences with Michigan’s PDMP, the only state permitting such access so far.
Paduda returns for “Workers’ Compensation: Examining Policy Issues and What Works” on April 8. He and Jeffrey Austin White, director of medical management practices and strategy for Accident Fund Holdings, discuss recent research on physician dispensing drugs to injured workers in their offices.
“Physician dispensing is known as a huge price-per-pill problem with physician-dispensed pills costing 100 to 400 times more than at a retail pharmacy,” Paduda said, “But it’s a much larger work comp problem. When physicians dispense opioids, the duration of care is longer, patients are out of work longer, outcomes are poorer, and overall claims costs are higher.”
This panel includes Johnnie L. Hanna, RP, pharmacy program director of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Moderator Michelle Landers, general counsel for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance, and also covers successes seen from Ohio’s changes to its pharmacy management program.
The 4th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse Summit takes place April 6-9, 2015 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta.
Source: HSA/King Knight