A WorkCompCentral.com webinar, Thursday, Sept. 1
1 p.m. (PDT) and 4 p.m. (EDT)
MADISON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Joseph Paduda, principal of Health Strategy Associates, will present “Prescription Drug Abuse in Workers’ Comp,” an hour-long webinar on Thursday, Sept. 1, starting 1 p.m. (PDT)/ 4 p.m. EDT. Produced by WorkCompCentral.com, the webinar offers one continuing education credit to claims professionals and attorneys.
A nationally recognized expert in managing health care costs in workers’ compensation, Paduda conducts annual surveys on payers’ work comp pharmacy management programs and frequently writes about the overuse of drugs, especially narcotics, on his managedcarematters.com blog.
“About one quarter of the dollars spent on pharmacy in comp are for narcotics, mostly powerful opioids, such as Oxycontin, despite the fact that there is little evidence indicating they are useful in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain,” Paduda said.
Paduda will discuss how overutilization occurs, the claimant safety and cost issues involved and the risk of dependency and addiction. The session also illustrates how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), payers and jurisdictions, including the states of Washington and California, are addressing opioid abuse.
There is no charge to attend the webinar, but space is restricted to the first 100 people to register. Call 866-975-2667 to register by phone or enroll online through an existing WorkCompCentral Education account at http://tinyurl.com/3v2fg7p. One hour of CE credit is available from the California Bar Association and for California Claims Professionals.
"Prescription Drug Abuse in Workers' Comp" kicks off a new series of free webinars from WorkCompCentral. Called "One on One," the series will be offered at 1 p.m. Pacific on the first business day of each month.
About Health Strategy Associates
Based in Madison, Conn., Health Strategy Associates is a national consulting firm serving insurers, employers, venture capitalists, and health care providers. The firm specializes in helping clients control health care costs in workers’ compensation and group health. The firm also conducts surveys on workers’ compensation bill review and claims systems. For more information, please see www.healthstrategyassoc.com
For Health Strategy Associates
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