PRIUM’s Mark Pew Discusses Rx Drug War in Work Comp at CLM Medical Legal Summit

Pew participates in panel discussion on the prescription drug war, a medical, legal and claims perspective on the national pain killer crackdown. 

CHICAGO (June 4, 2015) — PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew participated in a panel discussion, “The Prescription Drug War: A Medical/Legal/Claims Perspective on the National Painkiller Crackdown” at the 2015 CLM Medical Legal Summit on June 3. Jessica Smythe with ISO Claims Partners and Jeremey Cayton of Liberty Mutual joined Pew on the panel.

Pew focused on the supply and demand of prescription drugs in workers’ compensation. Among other things, he reviewed the impact of Food and Drug Administration’s rescheduling of hydrocodone products in October 2014.  The U.S. uses 99 percent of all the world’s hydrocodone, and 16.2 percent of the total work comp drug spend comes from hydrocodone-combination products, such as Norco, according to Helios’ 2013 Drug Trends Report.

“Since America’s overuse of prescription pain drugs is no longer a secret, there are many initiatives intended to dampen both supply and demand,” Pew said.  He highlighted the ones that can have the strongest impact on workers’ compensation by influencing prescribing behavior.  

The Medical Legal Summit addressed a wide range of medical legal topics to educate and assist claims professionals and attorneys in the complexities of managing claims and litigation involving these topics. PRIUM is also a sponsor of the summit.

An Ameritox solutions provider, PRIUM sets the industry standard for workers' compensation medical interventions through its ability to secure higher agreement rates and ensure compliance with modified treatment plans. The hallmark of the medical intervention company's success is a collaborative physician engagement process encompassing evidence-based medicine, clinical oversight, and jurisdictional guidelines to ensure optimal financial and clinical outcomes. PRIUM eliminates unnecessary treatment through a comprehensive approach that includes complex medical interventions, utilization reviews, and independent medical exams.  Based in Duluth, Ga., PRIUM can be reached at or 888-588-4964. 

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