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My Encore Career

Today I have the honor to join Preferred Medical as their Chief Clinical Officer. I am extremely excited to be part of the talented, dedicated team at Preferred and make my own contribution to providing high-touch care to their (I mean “our”) customers and injured workers.  While I could have stayed in retirement, I recognized …
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Longtime Industry Expert Joins Preferred Medical

Company grows leadership team with addition of industry veteran as Chief Clinical Officer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 6, 2020) – Preferred Medical, a leading pharmacy benefit manager and ancillary service partner in workers’ compensation, announced today that Jim Andrews has joined the company as chief clinical officer. Andrews has over 45 years’ experience in pharmacy administration, …
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Preferred Medical Announces Leadership Changes

Board promotes two industry leaders to aid in the company’s growth and prosperity LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 26, 2020) – Preferred Medical announced today that it has two new changes to its Leadership team. Amy L. Wrightsel, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Craig Towner, currently Senior Vice President …
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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is one of the strongest indicators of business success. Leadership requires involvement with people who are unique, complex and emotional. When I talk about emotional intelligence, I am referring to the ability to identify and manage emotions and the ability to recognize the emotions of others. During my preparation on the subject, …
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How Preferred Medical is handling Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has introduced unprecedented anxiety into businesses and personal lives around the U.S. and the world. That probably describes you. But please take one thing off your mind – Preferred Medical. Our commitment is to ensure that, from the perspective of our customers, it feels as if we are conducting “business as usual” …
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Drug Policy in the World of Sports

This week I have two articles to share about drug policies in professional sports. The first article is about the rules around marijuana use in the MLB and the second article is about potential new rules in the NFL. With the widespread legalization of marijuana across the country and the dangers of some opioids, it …
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The Brain’s Plasticity

This week I want to share two articles about the brain and its incredible adaptation to life. The first article is about how the brain can change with regular aerobic exercise. The second article is about how childhood trauma changes your brain but not necessarily forever. As I’ve stated often, the brain is the most …
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Medicine: Good and bad news

This week I have two articles to share with you about drugs. The first article is about how to properly dispose of unused medicines. The second article is about the work still needed to combat the opioid epidemic in its broadest and continually evolving sense. Below are these articles and my thoughts on their implications. …
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Opioids by the Numbers

This week I have two articles to share about opioids. The first article reports on a study of prescribing patterns in the U.S. The second article is about how Australia seems to be following in the United States’ footsteps when it comes to opioid use. Below are these articles and my thoughts on their implications. …
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The Platinum Rule

We are all taught the Golden Rule when we are very young – treat others how you want to be treated. I do not buy into that way of thinking because everyone is different and how we treat them should be different as well. So my personal philosophy, and what I try to instill in …
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