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September 14, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
A portrait of opioid use disorder

A portrait of opioid use disorder Read part one of Rachel's story here. Rachel was once a vibrant gardener, grandmother and worker. Regrettably, following an injury, she became one of a growing number of those suffering from opioid use disorder (…

September 14, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
August 31, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Rachel’s story: A portrait of opioid use disorder

Rachel enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables. She enjoyed cooking, taking walks and spending time with her grandchildren. After she was injured at work, she was optimistic about making a speedy recovery. She was 53 years old and had always stayed …

August 31, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
May 17, 2017
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
The basics of complex claims

Most workers’ compensation claims do not start out as complex. They become complex over time due to specific drivers that increase costs and duration. Being able to recognize and resolve these drivers at the right time will help reduce a claim’s like…

May 17, 2017 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
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
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
September 07, 2016
Chris Mandel, RF
SVP Strategic Solutions
Opioids: A stumbling block to good claim outcomes

On a weekly if not daily basis, there are media reports about the growing impacts of addiction to opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 78 people a day are dying from the effects of opioid overdose.1 Families ar…

September 07, 2016 by Chris Mandel, RF, SVP Strategic Solutions
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
July 07, 2016
Jamie Waits, Complex Pharmacy Nurse
Dispense as written

I am a complex pharmacy nurse for Sedgwick which means my mission in life is to restore injured workers’ lives. I work collaboratively with doctors to change prescribing practices and follow best practices based on national guidelines and the indiv…

July 07, 2016 by Jamie Waits, Complex Pharmacy Nurse
May 12, 2016
Dr. Paul Peak
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Over-the-counter problem no longer under the radar

Three weeks ago, I was wrapping up a discussion with a client and fellow Sedgwick colleagues on the opioid epidemic. Someone in the room received the unexpected text that Prince had died. In the next few moments, without any other information, my fel…

May 12, 2016 by Dr. Paul Peak, Director Clinical Pharmacy
November 23, 2015
Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
Behavioral health prevention vs. intervention in dealing with addiction

The idea of identifying and addressing risk factors for addiction as a means of prevention is not groundbreaking; this concept has existed since at least the 1970s. Unfortunately, there has not been much application of this concept to workers’ comp…

November 23, 2015 by Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
August 10, 2015
Tracey Radford, VP Managed Care Client Services
Sedgwick partners with medical directors on opioid management

It is possible that 2015 will be the year remembered as the turning point in addressing the opioid and narcotic epidemic in the United Sates. This year, almost every conference, publication and industry expert has addressed the topic. Just last mon…

August 10, 2015 by Tracey Radford, VP Managed Care Client Services
July 30, 2015
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Why are doctors resistant to change?

I am looking forward to the 2015 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando. I will be moderating The Center for Excellence – The Study of Medical Cost Drivers in Workers’ Compensation panel titled, “Managing prescription drugs and power…

July 30, 2015 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
February 26, 2015
Dr. Paul Peak
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Zohydro ER gets FDA approval…but will it really help prevent abuse?

On January 30, 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a reformulated version of Zohydro ER (a long-acting, single-entity hydrocodone product) that is designed to possess abuse-deterrent properties. When the FDA originally approve…

February 26, 2015 by Dr. Paul Peak, Director Clinical Pharmacy
June 19, 2014
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Mental health prescriptions pose workplace worries

Imagine a young father of two (Jim) who goes to work one day and sustains a minor back injury. He sees a doctor and is told he can work, but could not lift over 25 pounds. Jim’s employer would not take him back unless he could perform all essential…

June 19, 2014 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
December 19, 2013
David North
President and CEO
Recap: 13 for 2013 Emerging Issues for Employers

In early 2013, Sedgwick advised clients of the top trends expected to impact employers this year from the Affordable Care Act: a change in the healthcare delivery model – to economic and market forces: how they will drive employer actions. Looking…

December 19, 2013 by David North, President and CEO
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