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PRIUM’s Mark Pew will speak twice at the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference

Posted on: 29 Nov 16

PRIUM Senior Vice President Mark Pew will present two sessions at the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference & Expo.

The merging of American Airlines and US Airways highlighted hundreds of complex legacy claims, many of which involved opioids and other inappropriate medications. Pew and Jennifer Saddy, American Airlines Director of Workers’ Compensation, discuss the strategies used to evaluate claims for immediate settlement or intervention. The “Fostering a Claims Closure Culture” session will start at 11 a.m. on November 30.

“Jennifer’s team aggressively identified cost drivers and barriers to settlement and employed jurisdictionally appropriate medical/pharmaceutical interventions to change inappropriate treatment,” Pew said. “These efforts decreased those legacy claims by 29 percent.”

Pew takes the stage again the next afternoon at 3 for “Prescription Drug Formularies: Their Implementation and Claims Impact.” Robert Snyder, MD, Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s medical director and Johnnie Hanna, pharmacy program director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, discuss the elements of drug formularies, how medications are selected for inclusion or exclusion and how formularies impact prescribing habits and claims outcomes.

“Ohio has experiential outcomes after launching their drug formulary in 2011 while Tennessee just launched theirs in 2016. Comparing notes should be helpful to jurisdictions considering a drug formulary,” Pew said.

The National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference & Expo will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from November 30 through December 2. For details, please see


An Ameritox solutions provider, PRIUM sets the industry standard for workers' compensation medical interventions through a collaborative physician engagement process encompassing evidence-based medicine, clinical oversight, and jurisdictional guidelines to ensure optimal financial and clinical outcomes. PRIUM’s ability to secure higher agreement rates with physicians to modify treatment plans and ensure compliance is unmatched. The hallmark of the medical intervention company's success is to eliminate 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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Last updated on: 29/11/2016

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