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PRIUM’S New TaperRx Helps Physicians Wean Chronic Pain Patients from Complex Drug Regimens

TaperRx is healthcare’s first roadmap to tapering patients off multiple prescription drugs in multiple drug classifications.

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 18, 2014) – PRIUM, a medical intervention company specializing in reducing the inappropriate use of prescription drugs, announced its ground-breaking TaperRx service at the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Educational Conference today.

“TaperRx provides physicians a ‘roadmap’ to assist them in reducing or eliminating the numerous prescription drugs in multiple classifications that chronic pain patients typically take,” said PRIUM Senior Vice President Mark Pew.

These drugs often include opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, and/or anti-depressants. Weaning patients off a mix of drug classifications is complicated because different drugs require different tapering protocols. Physicians need to decide which drugs to taper first, how to reduce their dosage, and what milestones to meet before moving to the next step.

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Tapering chronic pain patients off polypharmacy regimens is tricky

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Discusses Opioid Management at the Industrial Commission of Arizona’s Claims Seminar

Phoenix, Ariz. (Aug. 5, 2014) – Mark Pew, senior vice president of PRIUM, a medical intervention company focused on managing pharmacy use in workers’ compensation, will present “Best Practices in Opioid Management” at the Industrial Commission of Arizona’s Annual Claims Seminar in August.

Speaking at 9:15 a.m. on August 15, Pew will review appropriate and inappropriate uses for opioids and other prescription drugs along with their possible side effects. He will also describe issues surrounding polypharmacy, which is the use of too many, inappropriate or redundant drugs, and the difficulty of tapering chronic pain patients from polypharmacy regimens involving multiple drug classifications.

“Polypharmacy is a significant problem in chronic pain treatment. You’ll often see five or more prescription drugs from different classifications in a drug regimen, and there are not many credible medical guidelines for tapering these patients off these drugs,” said Pew, who wrote a white paper on the topic with Kimberly Vernachio, PharmD, RPh. The paper is available at www.prium.com/resources/thought-leadership. Continue reading

Scott Yasko Joins Tower MSA Partners as EVP Business Development

Atlanta, Ga. (July 17, 2014) – Tower MSA Partners has named Scott E. Yasko executive vice president of business development. In addition to managing new business development activities related to the company’s pre-MSA pharmacy intervention model, Yasko will participate in new product development and marketing initiatives for the Medicare Secondary Compliance service company.

Previously, Yasko served as a national account executive for PRIUM, a national medical intervention company specializing in pharmacy overutilization in the worker’s compensation industry. He is a frequent speaker on pharmacy issues at workers’ compensation and claims conferences.  Continue reading

Alpha-Omega Title Among Ten Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay Area

TAMPA (June 2, 2014) — Alpha-Omega Title Insurance ranked among the top 10 companies in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Best Places to Work. The only title insurance agency of 60 finalists, it placed ninth out of hundreds of applicants from businesses of all sizes.

“The award helps us honor local companies and recognize the good in the workplace,” said Pam Huff, director of news operations for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Its Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay is based on an online survey taken by the employees of each company that measures employee engagement, loyalty and retention. The survey examined 10 key engagement categories, including feeling valued, team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, and manager effectiveness along with compensation and benefits. Only employees with no corporate ownership participate in the survey and determine the scores.

“We’re honored to be recognized,” said Gibbs Wilson, CEO of Alpha-Omega Title. “Employees say our culture is like a large family. We support each other professionally and personally and bring that mindset to helping our customers achieve their goals.”

The corporate culture fosters employee retention; some title professionals have been with Alpha-Omega Title for more than 20 years, one for 27 years. Profit sharing, “Team Spirit” initiatives, and corporate support of charities important to employees all contribute to morale. Its “Going the Extra Mile” program encourages employees to nominate coworkers for recognition, promoting teamwork while acknowledging individual contributions to the company’s success.

About Alpha-Omega Title
Representing some of the largest, most financially sound title insurance underwriters in the country, Alpha-Omega Title has closed and insured billions of dollars in real estate transactions during the past three decades. Services include residential and commercial title searches and closings, mortgage refinance closings, and short sale transactions. Additionally Alpha-Omega Title serves builders, handling title services on land acquisition, construction and bridge loans and placing on-site personnel in builders’ sales centers to handle closing questions and open escrow on new sales. Founded by Gibbs Wilson in 1983, Alpha-Omega Title Insurance Company is the oldest of the large, independent title agencies in Tampa. The firm has three locations in South Tampa, North Tampa and Brandon, Fla. and can be reached via www.alpha-omegatitle.com or by calling 813-963-3009.

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PRIUM’s Mark Pew Addresses Ohio Self Insured Conference

ATLANTA, GA. (June 3, 2014) – PRIUM’s Mark Pew reviews ways to control opioid use in workers’ compensation during a panel discussion at the OSIA 40th Annual Conference, “Workers’ Comp Superheroes.”

Pew will join Denise Evans, director of workers’ compensation claims at Staffmark, Paige Bowling of Corporate Pharmacy Services, Inc., and Rafael Gonzales of Gould & Lamb for “PBM & Controlling Opiates,” starting at 9:30 a.m. on June 19. Panelists will examine growing pharmacy costs and strategies to mitigate their impact. They will discuss how self-insuring employers can best use a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), analytics and techniques for working with prescribing physicians to control pharmacy utilization and costs in order to manage claims and prepare a reasonable projection for settlement and Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) calculations. Continue reading

PRIUM White Paper Probes Rx Drug Tapering Guidelines

ATLANTA, GA. (May 8, 2014) – Researchers for PRIUM’s new white paper, “An Analysis of Drug Therapy Tapering Guidelines,” found no guidelines for how to taper a regimen that includes multiple drug classifications.

“Polypharmacy, or the use of too many or redundant drugs, is a significant issue in chronic pain treatment. You will often see five or more prescription drugs from multiple drug classifications, within a drug regimen,” said PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew, who wrote the white paper with Kimberly Vernachio, PharmD, RPh. The white paper is available at www.prium.com/resources/thought-leadership.

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Timothy Bates Joins HomeCare Connect as Vice President of Operations

ORLANDO  (April 14, 2014) – HomeCare Connect, a national workers’ compensation company focused exclusively on managing the quality and cost of home health services and durable medical equipment and supplies, has named Timothy Bates Vice President of Operations. In the newly created position, Bates will oversee HomeCare Connect’s durable medical equipment, clinical call center and home modification operations.

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Acrometis Launches Enterprise Class Workers’ Compensation Claims Processing Platform for Regional Payers and TPAs

Complete workers’ compensation claims processing solution offers regional payers dramatic cost and efficiency benefits previously only available to high-volume payers.

Malvern, Pa. (April 22, 2014) — Acrometis, the leader in claims processing platforms for the workers’ compensation industry, has launched Acrometis Now for regional third party administrators, insurance companies and other mid-market payers.

“Acrometis Now gives regional TPAs and other payers access to the same automated claims management solutions the big players use,” said Acrometis Chairman and CEO P. Kevin Kilroy. “During our year of market research with regional payers, we repeatedly heard the need for a solution that was easy to implement and use which would enable them to compete and win in the marketplace.” Continue reading

Ameritox and PRIUM tackle the tough task of tapering

Atlanta, Ga. (April 16, 2014)  AmeritoxSM, the nation’s leader in medication monitoring solutions, and PRIUM, a medical intervention company focused on reducing opioid misuse in workers’ compensation, today announced their medical and business team leaders will lead a panel discussion at the upcoming 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.  The summit brings together stakeholders from government agencies and the education and healthcare fields to identify ways to combat prescription drug abuse. Continue reading