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?

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 ›

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