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July 06, 2018
Desiree Tolbert
AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
Maine employers do not have to pay for medical marijuana

On June 14, 2018, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a much-anticipated ruling in Gaetan H. Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC, et al that reversed an order requiring an injured employee to be reimbursed for the cost of medical marijuana…

July 06, 2018 by Desiree Tolbert, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
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June 23, 2018
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
One millionth morphine equivalent dosage MED

In late 2011, a team of claims management and managed care leaders at Sedgwick met to identify how they could address the troubling rise in opioid prescriptions and morphine equivalent dosage (MED).  What followed was the development of a team…

June 23, 2018 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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June 14, 2018
Tracey Davanport
Vice President Clinical Operations
Early nurse engagement

Early nurse engagement makes a valuable impact in 3 key areas Recent analysis of Sedgwick’s claims data shows that employers using 24/7 clinical consultation for workplace injuries saw 34% lower incurred costs than those using an intake process with…

June 14, 2018 by Tracey Davanport, Vice President Clinical Operations
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April 26, 2018
Paul Peak
AVP Clinical Pharmacy
Putting safety first: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2018

Sedgwick routinely reminds clients and colleagues about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Days. The next Take Back Day will be Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In 2010, the DEA started org…

April 26, 2018 by Paul Peak , AVP Clinical Pharmacy
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November 09, 2017
Dr. Paul Peak
Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacist interns: Tomorrow’s occupational injury asset

Claims administrators have an invaluable opportunity to help future pharmacists understand the challenges regarding prescription drug use for occupational injuries. A pharmacist intern program, like the one we offer at Sedgwick, can provide ex…

November 09, 2017 by Dr. Paul Peak, Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
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October 27, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Safety made simple: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Sedgwick routinely reminds clients and colleagues about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Days. The next Take Back Day will be this Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In 2010, the DEA st…

October 27, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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April 28, 2017
Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day was established in 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help reduce prescription drug risks and promote safety. Accord…

April 28, 2017 by Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
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March 16, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Slowly, steadily states striking against epidemic opioid issues

State governments are responding to the opioid epidemic. Recently, the New Jersey governor signed new legislation that limits prescribers’ capacity to provide first-time opioid prescriptions for more than five days. The New Jersey state senate passed…

March 16, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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March 08, 2017
Luke Parnell, pharmacy program liaison
We’re not talking peanuts: Carfentanil, fentanyl and heroin

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 80 times more potent than fentanyl and 8,000 times more potent than heroin. Having been created and used as an elephant tranquilizer in China, it has now found its way into the hands of the public. This dru…

March 08, 2017 by Luke Parnell, pharmacy program liaison
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January 06, 2017
Shanea A. McKinney, Director Client Services-Managed Care Client Services
Risk managers: Be vigilant in 2017

Make prescription drug control one of your highest priorities Pharmacy spend has been, and will continue to be, a hot-button topic for a cross-section of the healthcare industry. Workers’ compensation is no exception. Opioids, in particular, conti…

January 06, 2017 by Shanea A. McKinney, Director Client Services-Managed Care Client Services
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September 01, 2016
Dr. Linda Manna, Clinical Pharmacist
Gabapentin: The new high

Gabapentin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the management of post-herpetic neuralgia, pain associated with shingles, in adults and is used adjunctively in the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults and children. The …

September 01, 2016 by Dr. Linda Manna, Clinical Pharmacist
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April 04, 2016
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Dangerous prescribing practices and at-risk patients – a look at best practices

It was my privilege to present along with Dr. Paul Peak of Sedgwick at the 2016 National RX Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss dangerous prescribing practices and at-risk patients. The conference was highlighted by a public ap…

April 04, 2016 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
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October 13, 2015
April Clemens, Business Relationship Manager-PL
Transparency and pharmaceutical drug samples

Kathy Shostek, Vice President Healthcare Risk Management contributed a recent post about the management of drug samples in physician offices. The blog outlined the need for strategies for documentation and management of drug samples for reducing ri…

October 13, 2015 by April Clemens, Business Relationship Manager-PL
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September 23, 2015
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Get Involved: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 9/26/15

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You could save a life. In 2012, healthcare providers prescribed 259 million painkillers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – enough medication for every Americ…

September 23, 2015 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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August 19, 2015
Dr. Paul Peak
Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
3D drug printers: Better care vs. Safety risks

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an extremely unique drug approval that was the first of its kind. In fact, it was one of the most revolutionary drug-related approvals seen in years. The FDA approved the first 3D printed drug,…

August 19, 2015 by Dr. Paul Peak, Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
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