The Crux of the Opioid Epidemic

The crux of the opioid crisis is in unchecked, inappropriate prescribing habits. Absent of comprehensive medically responsible prescribing standards, today’s opioid issue has the potential to evolve into another prescription drug crisis. Are narrow legislative bills enough to keep injured workers safe and encourage a paradigm shift among prescribers?

Collaboration Drives Improved Health Outcomes

Health care information technology may be making the world smaller in many ways, but wide divides remain in the care and claims continuum. Bridging the gaps in the workers’ compensation space requires a conscientious focus on collaboration, human to human. Collaboration effectively creates an interactive and adaptable system capable of delivering improved patient health outcomes.

Beyond Pennsylvania Politics

Pennsylvania, who is hosting one of the fiercest battles in the war on opioids, will not adopt a nationally recognized evidence-based medicine drug formulary. Is this the outcome of Pennsylvania politics, the right move to preserve the doctor to patient relationship?

Recent Posts

  • Farewell Westminster

    For the past ten and half years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a group of very talented and passionate people. This group of amazing human beings has helped me to grow professionally and personally. For this I say, thank you! Be sure and stick with me and I continue to advocate for a balanced workers’ compensation system that ultimately benefits employers and employees alike.

  • WorkComp Needs Quality Measures for Clinical Practice Guidelines

    The importance of the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) cannot be validated by someone continuing the work. Its importance was established in 2008 by U.S. Congress. Without appropriate oversight in the development of this content, anything might be called “quality” imperiling the well-being of injured workers. Here is my take on why “WorkComp Needs Quality Measures for Clinical Practice Guidelines”.

  • The Worker Advocate

    Sitting in a crowded legislative committee and listening to parties debate a bill inspired me to ask myself a very important question:  When all is said and done and my actions are measured, am I truly a worker advocate? The… Read More ›

  • Are more Americans suicidal because of opioids?

    Is there a correlation between America’s increased #Suicide rates and the #OpioidEpidemic? The negative effects of inappropriately prescribed #Opioids on public health are multiple. However, the data shows that there is a promising #PatientCentric solution that is highly effective in preventing the inappropriate first exposure to opioids for #Patients.

  • The Opioid Epidemic Deserves More than a Closed Formulary

    The national #WorkersCompensation community is at risk of losing the plot of the #OpioidEpidemic. The assault against opioid abuse may be relying too much on over-simplified medicine. It is essential to expand the conversation to emphasize the importance of the overall care of a patient and improve the tracking of health outcomes. The discussion can no longer be just about drugs and potential savings.

  • Content Out of Context

    Regulating the use of evidence-based medicine standards by state jurisdictions tends to polarize workers’ compensation stakeholders – sometimes for good reason. However, an important attribute that is evident in a well-developed medically responsible EBM standard can be easily overlooked: EBM guidance may not always be unequivocal.

    The data is clear. The impact that EBM has on improved health outcomes in workers’ compensation is overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading to get my take on why it is counter-productive to use the content out of context.

  • Patient Engagement in Workers’ Compensation

    I had the humbling opportunity to write a piece for @WorkCompCentral’s #WorkCompWorld blog earlier this week. The theme is #PatientEngagement in #WorkersCompensation. Be sure to read the blog and share your thoughts on why, or why not, the industry is on the right track in this area. Please limit your remarks to #PatientEngagement as it pertains to #WorkComp.

    As an aside, I’m ecstatic that the #CompLaudeGala is just a few days away. @ReedGroup is a sponsor of the #InjuredWorkerScholarship this year. I cannot wait to speak with as many #Patients / #Workers as possible. If you’re planning on attending the event, please help point me in the right direction! See you there!