DULUTH, Ga.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Mark Pew, PRIUM’s senior vice president of product development, will present “Opioid Abuse and Pain Management Strategies” at the West Virginia Self-Insurers Association’s Annual Conference on Oct. 24.
“Injured workers may be taking eight to twelve drugs, and this polypharmacy can do more harm than good.”
Presenting with Janice Van Allen, Walmart’s director of workers’ compensation, Pew discusses the appropriate use of opioids, opioid misuse and abuse and non-drug methods of managing pain.
“Workers’ compensation patients taking opioids tend to take other medications, including some to counteract the side effects of the opioids,” Pew said. “Injured workers may be taking eight to twelve drugs, and this polypharmacy can do more harm than good.”
Using case studies, the presentation covers using evidence-based medicine to hold collegial conversations with treating physicians to secure changes to drug regimens, the discontinuation/weaning process, and aggressive oversight to ensure changes occur. It also outlines several pain management alternatives to drugs, such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and other forms of exercise.
“Some functional restoration and pain management clinics are reporting great success in weaning patients off opioids by 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.
Scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, “Opioid Abuse – Pain Strategies” is part of the 28th Annual Conference of the West Virginia Self-Insurers Association. The conference will be held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel in Charleston, West Virginia, Oct. 23-24; for more information please see http://www.wvsia.com/meetings.html.
An Ameritox solutions provider, 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.