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November 09, 2017
Dr. Paul Peak
Director 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, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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
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
April 30, 2016
Shanea McKinney, Pharmacist
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is today

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day today, Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and you could save a life. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was established in 2010 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) …

April 30, 2016 by Shanea McKinney, Pharmacist
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
February 19, 2016
Jim Harvey
VP Client Services
Combating prescription drug abuse

Last year, Dr. Reema Hammoud of Sedgwick shared a blog regarding National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held April 30, 2016. Ho…

February 19, 2016 by Jim Harvey, VP Client Services
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
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 17, 2015
James Harvey, SVP, Managed Care Products & Product Development
Opioid medications: Gateways to heroin use?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 people in the U.S. die from an overdose of prescription painkillers every day.[1] Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have increased more than 400% among women and 2…

July 17, 2015 by James Harvey, SVP, Managed Care Products & Product Development
May 21, 2015
Kathleen Shostek
VP Healthcare Risk Management
Managing drug samples in physician offices

Managing drug samples in a physician’s office or ambulatory care clinic requires a system of checks and balances to help prevent medication errors and adverse drug events, establish a tracking system for alerts and recalls to comply with federal la…

May 21, 2015 by Kathleen Shostek, VP Healthcare Risk Management
April 29, 2015
Jim Ryan
President, Casualty
You can’t manage what you don’t understand

We are in a time unlike any other in our industry. The pace and the reach of emerging risks make our heads spin. Each day the news brings new reports on topics that we know will impact the businesses we are all looking to protect. This year at RIMS…

April 29, 2015 by Jim Ryan, President, Casualty
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
January 21, 2015
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
Could you cut $185,000 from your MSA?

What if I told you that you could save $185,000 at no cost to you? No, I am not advertising for some late night TV infomercial where the offer is too good to be true. I am talking about the world of Medicare set-asides (MSA). It is well known that pr…

January 21, 2015 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
September 25, 2014
Terri Riley, SVP Managed Care Practices and Client Services
Listening to the voice of the provider

Medical directors with California-based hospital systems recently met for a discussion focused on the quality of medical care provided to Sedgwick workers’ compensation clients. We covered many areas, including provider scoring, fraud, legal challe…

September 25, 2014 by Terri Riley, SVP Managed Care Practices and Client Services
July 16, 2014
Jamie Harer
Managed Care, Specialty Products Manager
10 ways to prevent prescription painkiller abuse

I think everyone reading this blog has been touched by alcohol or substance abuse in their lifetime, whether personally or through the experience of an acquaintance, a family member, a close friend, a classmate or a colleague. We know the dangers of …

July 16, 2014 by Jamie Harer, Managed Care, Specialty Products Manager
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