March 16, 2024

Medical Issues Panel at IAIABC Forum & The Fear of Reinjury in Workers’ Comp

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Committees (IAIABC) will hold their 2024 Forum in Cincinnati, Ohio from April 8-10, where committees and councils will discuss policy and administrative issues in workers' comp, and attendees may take part in special seminars and workshops on hot industry topics and trends based on committee work.

Among the many thought leaders speaking at the forum is Amanda Waltemath, PharmD, MPH, Healthesystems’ Director of Clinical Services, who will join the Medical Issues Committee Meeting.

Topics of discussion at the meeting include:

  • PBMs, how they function, and their impact on injured workers
  • Drug pricing transparency, AWP, and alternative pricing methodologies
  • Drug shortages
  • Opioid trends
  • Topicals
  • Obesity drugs
  • Psilocybin
  • Cannabis
  • New trends
  • The impacts of AI
  • And more

Dr. Waltemath will be joined by:

  • Moderator Lisa Anne Hurt-Forsythe, VP of Government Affairs, AAPAN
  • Adam Fowler, Manager of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Optum
  • Harvey Hanel, Medical Services and Pharmacy Director, North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance
  • Paul Peak, PharmD, VP of Clinical Pharmacy, Sedgwick

This presentation will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 10th.

In other news, Tate Rice, PT, DPT, Healthe’s Director of Product Management, was among many industry experts featured in an article in Risk & Insurance magazine focused on how the fear of reinjury affects workers’ comp recovery.

Fear avoidance model can lead to hypervigilance over an injury, depression, and disability, and this article focuses on how to address these fears to better facilitate recovery.

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