Healthcare Solutions to Host National Pharmacy Webinar Addressing Best Practices in Opioid Management

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

Healthcare Solutions, the parent of Cypress Care, today announced that Jim Andrews, R.Ph., senior vice president of pharmacy services and Scott Phillips, Pharm.D, clinical pharmacist for Healthcare Solutions will present Best Practices in Opioid Management: Trends, Abuse and Management through a live webinar on Tuesday, March 13th, at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Utilization of narcotic opioids has increased substantially in the past decade and has become a significant cost driver for workers compensation payers. Andrews and Phillips will explore the opioid epidemic and discuss how payers and pharmacy benefit managers can address potential abuse and long-term dependence of narcotic opioids.

Prescription drugs continue to represent approximately 19% of the workers compensation medical dollar, said Andrews. Narcotic opioids account for over 60% of the drugs prescribed to treat injured workers and effective management is essential in controlling rising pharmacy costs and supporting patient safety and care outcomes.

During the webinar, participants will learn about potential problems associated with increases in narcotic opioid abuse and its impact on workers compensation claims. Andrews and Phillips will address critical issues such as longer claim duration and higher costs that can occur when opioid use is not effectively monitored.

Opioid use is associated with abuse, psychological dependence, increased claim costs and a slower return to work, said Phillips. By identifying claims with early or high narcotic opioid use, communicating treatment alternatives and coordinating early intervention programs, such as physician outreach, we can control escalating utilization and provide claimants with the necessary resources to refrain from engaging in prescription drug abuse.

To register for Healthcare Solutions Best Practices in Opioid Management webinar, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/880267281

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About Healthcare Solutions

Healthcare Solutions, Inc. is the parent company of Cypress Care and Procura Management. Through its affiliated companies, Healthcare Solutions serves as a health service company delivering integrated solutions to the property and casualty markets, specializing in workers compensation and auto liability/PIP. The companys customers include insurance carriers, third party administrators (TPAs), managed care organizations (MCOs), government agencies and self-insured employers. Utilizing market-leading technology, Healthcare Solutions delivers demonstrated benefits and savings complemented by deep industry expertise. For more information, please visit http://www.healthcaresolutions.com






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