HERSHEY, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Managing drugs and chronic pain in workers’ compensation is the topic of the workshop that Mark Pew, PRIUM’s senior vice president of product development, will present at the Pennsylvania Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Conference.
“Some functional restoration clinics are reporting great success in weaning patients off opioids, helping them understand why they are dependent on or addicted to drugs and teaching them ways to manage their pain and prevent relapses”
Injured workers often receive a combination of opioids, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, and non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs from multiple prescribers. “These ‘drug cocktails’ can create serious complications, ranging from drug-to-drug interactions to kidney and liver disease and even overdose,” Pew said.
Scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 28, his presentation describes the scope of prescription drug abuse in America, appropriate and inappropriate uses of opioids, and how to identify prescription drug abuse on workers’ compensation claims. It also covers pharmacy management strategies, including using evidence-based medical guidelines to collaborate with treating physicians to discontinue the use of opioids.
Pew also outlines several pain management alternatives to drugs, such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and other forms of exercise. “Some functional restoration clinics are reporting great success in weaning patients off opioids, helping them understand why they are dependent on or addicted to drugs and teaching them ways to manage their pain and prevent relapses,” Pew said.
His workshop is part of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference being held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Penn. on Oct. 28 and 29. For information on the conference, please see www.pasafetyconference.com/index.htm
PRIUM sets the industry standard for workers' compensation medical interventions through its ability to secure higher agreement rates and ensure compliance with modified treatment plans. The hallmark of the medical intervention company's success is a collaborative physician engagement process encompassing evidence-based medicine, clinical oversight, and jurisdictional guidelines to ensure optimal financial and clinical outcomes. PRIUM eliminates unnecessary treatment through a comprehensive approach that includes complex medical interventions, utilization reviews, and independent medical exams. Based in Duluth, Ga., PRIUM can be reached at www.prium.net or 888-588-4964. For insight on workers' compensation medical issues, read PRIUM's blog at www.priumevidencebased.com.