December 2, 2019

Healthe in the Media

Several media outlets have recently reported on Healthesystems’ content, while also reaching out to our clinical leaders for their insight on these developing matters.

Risk & Insurance magazine covered a presentation delivered by Silvia Sacalis, BS, PharmD, VP of Clinical Services at Healthesystems, and Adam Seidner, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at The Hartford, at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC), titled Medical and Pharmacy Insights for a Successful Return to Work.

The writeup from Risk & Insurance summarizes the presentation, paying special attention to real-world case studies that Drs. Seidner and Sacalis’ utilized to illustrate medication interactions, psychosocial considerations, areas of improved patient engagement, and intervention opportunities.

Risk & Insurance later followed up on this story with an in-depth interview with Dr. Sacalis that provided greater detail on return-to-work considerations, exploring topics such as comorbidities, drug interactions and side effects, gender, age, the pharmacokinetics of drugs, and the need for a holistic understanding of patients in order to best develop effective treatment plans.

Meanwhile, WorkCompCentral covered a recent RxInformer article from Healthesystems, titled When Demand Exceeds Supply: Older Patients and Fewer Physicians in Workers’ CompWorkCompCentral focused on the looming doctor shortage explored in Healthesystems’ publication, declaring it a hot topic for the future of workers’ comp, along with other noteworthy items.

And on the subject of RxInformer clinical journal, WorkCompWire highlighted the publication of the Winter 2019/2020 edition of RxInformer, detailing several of the articles which are now available online, including topics such as metrics in physical medicine program, cost-containment strategies for rising drug prices in workers’ comp, how to scrutinize fee schedules, and more.

Finally, Business Insurance published an article on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new opioid tapering and discontinuation guideline. Healthesystems previously covered this development, and so Business Insurance reached out to Dr. Sacalis for her expertise on the matter.

Dr. Sacalis noted that the HHS’s slow, moderation-focused approach is favorable, as sustainable change occurs with moderation, focused on individual situations and customizations.

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