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.

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!

Why Standards Matter

The challenges experienced in the care and claim continuum are plentiful and very difficult to navigate. Providers, insurers, employers, and employees deserve content measured and deemed trustworthy according to non-bias standards to guide injured workers to recovery.

With the deep knowledge base and hands on experience of how quickly a workers’ compensation claim can go into free fall toward catastrophic health and recovery outcomes for the injured worker, why aren’t more “thought-leaders” challenging the status quo to identify inadvertent, or in some cases intended, consequences in their respective areas of expertise? Let me know your thoughts on “Why Standards Matter”.

The Truth Regarding Outcomes in Texas and the Guideline Never Discussed

As Louisiana HB 592 moves through legislature, Texas’ workers’ compensation system is again the center of national discussion. Texas Commissioner Ryan Brennan doubled down on advocacy for other states to adopt the Texas-model formulary proclaiming it “a model for the nation” and “the inspiration for many other states’ proposed formularies” citing improvements in return-to-work, medical costs and access to care. Surely, a system as unique as Texas relies on more than a binary list of drugs to accomplish the outcomes documented in its 2016 biennial report. Here is “The Truth Regarding Outcomes in Texas and the Guideline Never Discussed”. Due to reference of the Texas Labor Code, I welcome feedback specifically from the legal community on this piece.

The Problem with Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formularies

As discussions about adopting #evidencebasedmedicine guidelines and #drugformularies become more common place throughout the country, it is imperative that the workers’ compensation industry have a good working knowledge of traits present in #trustworthy #EBM – not all guidelines are created equal. Misconceptions exist about the content, and the tools it powers, and who it benefits most. EBM is not primarily for cost containment, it not a license to deny needed care to patients, and it is not one-size-fits all medicine. Let me know your thoughts on how EBM can be better leveraged to improve the quality of care to #injuredworkers.