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#PainSummit2020 Wisdom

I had the privilege of being on the faculty of the International Chronic Pain Virtual Summit that was held on June 18-19, 2020. It was an early start for me in Atlanta each day (4:00am Eastern Daylight Time) but very much worth the investment as every speaker had a deep and unique perspective on how to manage #ChronicPain. …
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#5kForFood and Your Health

Company launches virtual 5K to address food insecurity and health impacts from COVID-19 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 15, 2020) – Preferred Medical, a leading pharmacy benefit manager and ancillary service partner in workers’ compensation, announced a new initiative today to help foster physical and mental health while supporting those with food insecurity as a result of …
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Prepare for the Fall

I think we can all agree that 2020 sucks. But as difficult as the first five months have been, “fall” in the title does not refer to civilization. Instead, it refers to the upcoming season from September 22 through December 21. How can we prepare for the future that is only a hot summer away? …
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Two Precepts for Professional and Personal Relationships

Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have many positive mentors that meant a lot to me in my personal and professional development. They advised me as it related to two important sayings that I am sure many of you have heard. I am also fortunate in my professional business career to continually be …
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A New Combo Drug is Coming

Drug News from Preferred Medical … On February 28, 2020 the FDA approved Advil® Dual Action that combines 250mg of acetaminophen and 125mg of ibuprofen into a single tablet. While over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not as prevalent at workers’ compensation PBMs as prescription medications (including the prescription versions of acetaminophen and ibuprofen), this new all-in-one …
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A COVID-19 WFH (Retro-Pro)Spective

Employers enacted BCP with HR and IT moving PDQ from WAO to WFH for COVID-19 … SMH. The world is filled with acronyms but the most important one right now, for every employer, is WFH (work from home). Because of shelter-in-place restrictions to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, what used to be optional and selective …
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Now what do we do?

In the early days of March 2020, the TV series M*A*S*H kept creeping into my thoughts. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it was about a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near the front lines of the Korean War. Occasionally, the whole hospital would have to pick up and move to a safer location …
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Famotidine & Ranitidine

Drug News from Preferred Medical … The FDA announced on April 1 it is “requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately.” This includes the Zantac brand name variant, a popular drug used for stomach ulcers and conditions where the stomach produces excess acid. The FDA also recommends that …
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FDA Pushes Back Against Fraudulent COVID-19 Remedies

When tragedy strikes, you can count on two things:  (1) some people working to find real solutions, and (2) others trying to take advantage of the situation for a quick profit. With an ever-increasing amount of misinformation circulating with respect to COVID-19, the FDA has been forced to step up measures to protect the public …
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Complex Problems <> Simple Solution

Originally published on WorkersCompensation.com’s Experts View on May 4, 2020 Healthcare is complicated. Healthcare delivered as part of a workers’ compensation claim is even more complicated, for manifold reasons. But stakeholders often do not act as that’s the case because they look for a simple solution to complex problems. For those with the problem (in …
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