Tron Emptage is chief clinical officer at Progressive Medical, Inc., which helps payors achieve better outcomes for injured workers and more control over expenses through a powerful combination of network capture and conversion programs and clinical expertise. He can be reached at Tron.Emptage@progressive-medical.com or 800.777.3574.
On-the-job injuries involve chronic pain for injured workers and long-term liability for workers' compensation self-insured payors. CDC and SAMHSA indicate increasing misuse and abuse of narcotics over the past decade.
One of the most commonly used drugs to relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen is used in various prescription medications. The increasing connection of liver toxicity with overdosage of acetaminophen has forced FDA to take actions.
Self-insurers have multiple options to opt for when it comes to arranging medical equipment for injured employees. They can source the equipment directly from medical equipment stores, tap into the network of an ancillary services provider.