Strategies for Opioid Intervention

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference Robert Hall, MD and Tron Emptage both from Optium Workers’ Compensation, discussed opioid intervention strategies. One of the problems is that opioid medications are too easy to obtain: 60% of US citizens have leftover narcotics in their home. 70% of opioid prescriptions abused come from a […]

Rehabilitation and Recovery

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, a panel was a “fireside chat” on the past and future of rehabilitation and recovery. The panel included: Mark Ashley, SC.D, CCC-SLP, CCM, CBIST – President/CEO Centre for Neuro Skills Gary Ulichny, PhD – President/CEO GRU Health Care Kenny Hosack – Craig Hospital Natalie Hefner – […]

Post-Concussive Syndrome

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Elizabeth Sandel, MD, Medical Director for Paradigm Managment Services, discussed post-concussive syndrome. Annually there around 2.5 million people with concussions and it is estimated that 25% of the population will have a concussion at some point in their life. Incidents of concussions are up significantly, but […]

Telemedicine

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, a panel discussed the use of telemedicine. The panel included: Mark Johnson – Sedgwick (moderator) Teresa Bartlett, MD – SVP and Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS – Professor, Mount Saint Mary’s University Ted Jeffries – Director of Claims, Missouri Employers Mutual […]

Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formularies

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Ingrid O’Keefe from MCG Health discussed the use of evidence based medicine in the development of treatment guidelines and drug formularies in workers’ compensation. Evidence based medicine is healthcare based on clinical studies of what works best and what does not. It involves transparent literature review […]

Advances in Stem Cell Research

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Stephen McKenna, MD, Chief of the Rehabilitation Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center talked about the history of stem cells and the potential from current stem cell trials. Embryonic stem cells are extracted from fertilized human eggs that were not implanted. Often times these […]

Behavior Regulation and Acquired Brain Injury Rehab

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Martin Waalkes, PhD, Director of Neuro Rehabilitation for Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation discussed the challenges of behavior regulation and engagement in acquired brain injury rehabilitation. One of the biggest challenges with brain injury patients can be with their behavior. Patients can have self-centered behavior and not […]

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