Press releases

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

November 29th, 2016

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

Comp Laude’s “Blogging with the Stars” Session Features PRIUM President Michael Gavin

October 4th, 2016

Michael Gavin, president of PRIUM and author of the thought-provoking Evidence-Based blog, will join other thought leaders in the workers’ compensation sphere for “Blogging with the Stars” at WorkCompCentral’s 5th Annual Comp Laude™ Awards and Gala. The educational conference and awards event will be held November 4 and 5 in Burbank, California.

PRIUM Executives to Present in Three Sessions at WCI’s WCEC

August 16th, 2016

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President and Mark Pew, the Rx Professor, and President Michael Gavin will participate in three sessions at the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference.

PRIUM’s Michael Gavin and Mark Pew Share Insights on Managing Chronic Pain, Formularies and Marijuana at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

March 22nd, 2016

PRIUM executives take the stage several times during the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, March 28-31 in Atlanta.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Presents at PARMA

February 16th, 2016

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew will present “Laying a Foundation for a Work Comp Drug Formulary” at the 2016 PARMA Annual Risk Managers Conference next week.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew to Speak at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo

November 3rd, 2015

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew will participate in two sessions at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo. The conference will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, November 11 through 13.

California closed formulary for workers comp prescriptions approved

October 7th, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to establish a closed formulary for medications prescribed in the workers compensation system.

PRIUM Executives to speak at California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference

September 29th, 2015

Mark Pew discusses medical marijuana and Michael Gavin is on the bloggers panel at the Dana Point conference

Mark Pew SVP of Prium to Speak at CAJPA

September 15th, 2015

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew will participate in a panel discussion of the implications of a California’s workers’ compensation pharmacy formulary at the California Association of Joint Power Authority’s 2015 Annual Conference.

Closed-drug formulary bill heads to California governor

September 14th, 2015

A bill mandating a closed drug formulary for California's workers comp system is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

PRIUM’s Michael Gavin and Mark Pew to Speak at WCI’s Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

August 24th, 2015

On August 24 Mark Pew will lead a panel entitled “Purple Haze: Rapid Evolution of Marijuana Laws and Their Impact on Workers’ Compensation Claims”, and on August 25 Michael Gavin will speak on a panel entitled “Managing Prescription Drugs and Powerful Narcotics”.

PRIUM's Mark Pew Discusses Medical Marijuana at ICT's Spring WC Seminar

March 24th, 2015

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President Mark Pew will present “Medical Marijuana: Implications and Applications” during the Insurance Council of Texas Spring Seminars, April 8 in Austin and April 23 in Dallas. PRIUM is a medical intervention company specializing in managing chronic pain and the prescription drug issues surrounding it.

PRIUM's Michael Gavin Discusses Urine Drug Monitoring in Workers’ Compensation at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

March 9th, 2015

PRIUM’s President Michael Gavin will participate in a panel on urine drug monitoring in workers’ compensation at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.Moderated by Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, an attorney with the American Medical Association Advocacy Resource Center, the session examines the clinical rationale for urine drug monitoring, explains why appropriate monitoring does not always occur and discusses financial incentives for over-testing. “Best practices call for guidelines-driven, patient-centered care and proactive patient identification,” said Gavin. “Particularly in light of the opioid epidemic, payers and providers need to develop clear drug monitoring strategies to ensure patient safety.”

PRIUM's Mark Pew to Serve on Narcotic Overuse Panel at National Work Comp Defense Network Fall Conference

September 16, 2014

Mark Pew, senior vice president of PRIUM, a medical intervention company specializing in reducing the inappropriate use of prescription drugs, will participate on the “Narcotic Overuse Issues in Workers’ Compensation” panel at the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) Fall Conference in Chicago. "The panel will provide two unique perspectives on managing chronic pain in work comp,” Pew said. “I will focus on methods for assessing and affecting inappropriate drug regimens, while Dr. Hale will present a clinician’s viewpoint in helping patients find a better way to manage their chronic pain.” Pew will describe ways payers can identify at-risk claimants, inform treating physicians’ prescribing habits, and provide strategies for managing the complicated process of tapering chronic pain patients off opioids.

PRIUM's Mark Pew Will Discuss Medical Marijuana at Minnesota Employers' Work Comp Alliance Membership Meeting

August 26, 2014

Mark Pew will present “The Dope on Work Comp and Medical Marijuana” at the Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance (MEWCA) meeting on Sept. 12. Pew is senior vice president of PRIUM, a medical intervention company specializing in managing chronic pain and the prescription drug issues surrounding it.

PRIUM's New TaperRx Helps Wean Chronic Pain Patients from Complex Drug Regimens

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.

PRIUM Executives to Speak on Pain and Pharmacy Management at Georgia State Board Education Conference

August 12, 2014

PRIUM’s President Michael Gavin and Senior Vice President Mark Pew will discuss pain and pharmacy management at the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation 2014 Annual Education Conference. The conference will be held August 25 through 27 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel.

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

August 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.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Discusses Controlling Opioids in Workers’ Compensation during OSIA 40th Annual Conference, Workers’ Comp Superheroes

June 3, 2014

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.

PRIUM White Paper Highlights the Lack of Information on Tapering Opioids When Used With Other Drugs for Pain Management

May 8, 2014

“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.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Presents Best Practices for Opioid Use and Tapering at The New Jersey Self-Insurers’ Association 2014 Spring Conference

May 5, 2014

Mark Pew, senior vice president of PRIUM, will present “Dazed and Confused,” at The New Jersey Self-Insurers’ Association 2014 Spring Conference and Vendor Fair in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This session will take an in-depth look at the appropriate use of opioids in managing pain. It will also address the weaning process, including the three primary contributors to success: motivation of the patient and competence of the physician and the importance of acknowledging the bio-psychosocial model. PRIUM’s new white paper “An Analysis of Drug Therapy Tapering Guidelines,” is available for download at www.prium.com/resources/thought-leadership.

Ameritox and PRIUM Discuss Opioid Weaning at National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

April 16, 2014

PRIUM Senior Vice President Mark Pew will moderate “The 411 on a Successful Rx Drug Weaning Program.” Joining him are Ameritox Vice President of Medical Affairs Kathryn Bronstein, PhD, RN and Krista Jordan, PhD with Restore Rx. Dr. Bronstein directs a team of field-based scientists responsible for providing clinical education on medication monitoring, and Dr. Jordan developed and runs an interdisciplinary functional restoration program.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Discusses Opioid Weaning at CSIA Annual Meeting

April 14, 2014

“The Meaning of Opioid Weaning” will highlight the complexity of weaning patients off opioids, especially when they are taking several drugs at the same time. “Chronic pain patients tend to take muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety meds, and other drugs because of the side effects that often come with opioid use,” Pew said. “Different drug classifications have different tapering protocols, and decisions need to be made about what medication should be reduced first and how it should be reduced.”

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Discusses Pharmacy Intervention on MSA’s during NAMSAP Webinar on April 11

April 8, 2014

Senior Vice President Mark Pew will present “A Package of Evidence for MSAs” on an National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) webinar on April 11.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew Outlines Best Practices for Functional Restoration Following Opioids at ASIA

April 2, 2014

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Conference Features Poster Presentations on Tapering Patients off Opioids and Benzodiazepines

April 1, 2014

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has accepted two abstracts on tapering patients off opioids and benzodiazepines for poster presentations at its Annual Meeting and Expo, April 1-4. PRIUM sponsored the research. “We commissioned this systematic review of current literature regarding tapering guidelines while developing resources for individualized tapering plans for injured workers,” said PRIUM Senior Vice President Mark Pew.

PRIUM’s Scott Yasko to Discuss Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation at The CLM 2014 Annual Conference

March 26, 2014

PRIUM’s Scott Yasko will lead a roundtable discussion on “Worker’s Compensation - Medical Marijuana: Educating Providers and Claims Adjusters” at the 2014 CLM Annual Conference. He will be joined by Julie Fortune of Arrowpoint Capital and Angela Henderson with BerkleyNet to consider how medical marijuana may affect employers and workers’ compensation providers.

PRIUM Guarantees ROI on Workers’ Compensation Medical Intervention Services

Feb. 26, 2014

PRIUM has announced a return-on-investment guarantee on its workers' compensation medical intervention services for reducing inappropriate medications on a book of claims. When compared to the cost of PRIUM's services, the aggregate ROI consistently exceeded three to one during a two-year ROI pilot program. For more information about this new service visit www.roiguarantee.com.

PRIUM’s Mark Pew and ISO Claims Partners’ Dorothy Kelly Outline MSA Cost Containment Strategies at the Atlanta Claims Worker’s Compensation Boot Camp

Jan. 28, 2014

PRIUM’s Senior Vice President of Product Development Mark Pew will team with Dorothy Kelly, CEO of ISO Claims Partners, to present “War Games: Winning Strategies for MSA Cost Containment & Settlement” at the Atlanta Claims Association Workers’ Compensation Boot Camp. Pew and Kelly will discuss complicating factors to the MSA process and introduce the concept of preparing a package of evidence before submitting the MSA proposal.

Alabama Self-Insurers Association Winter Workshop Features Session on Opioid Management in Worker’s Compensation

Jan. 14, 2014

Mark Pew, senior vice president of PRIUM, presents strategies for reducing opioid use on workers’ compensation claims at the Alabama Self-Insurers Association Winter Workshop.

PRIUM’s Scott Yasko to Discuss Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation at CLM Medical Legal Summit, Jan. 21-23

Jan. 7, 2014

PRIUM’s Scott Yasko, a national account executive with PRIUM, will discuss "Medical Marijuana" as part of a panel at the CLM 2014 Medical Legal Summit. Yasko's panel will look at utilization trends in work comp, clinical pros and cons, and considerations for addressing medical marijuana within formularies. 

Ameritox Acquisition of PRIUM Expands Suite of Services

Aug. 6, 2013

Ameritox, the nation’s leader in pain medication monitoring, is proud to announce the acquisition of PRIUM, a leading provider of medical cost management services currently serving the Workers’ Compensation market.“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to bring the unique capabilities of these two great companies together,” said Ameritox CEO Scott Walton.


PRIUM Seeks Functional Restoration and Pain Management Centers for Its Workers’ Compensation Payer-Clients

May 20, 2013

PRIUM, a medical intervention company that helps reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs on workers’ compensation claims, wants to highlight good functional restoration clinics and chronic pain management clinics for its payer-clients.
 
PRIUM Steers Payers toward Best-Practice Functional Restoration Clinics

April 19, 2013

After agreeing to reduce opioid prescriptions for injured workers, many physicians feel uncomfortable managing the weaning process and want to refer to a more specialized venue. Seeing the need for a standard set of criteria to assess clinics, PRIUM has launched “Centers with Standards,” a service rating functional restoration programs according to their adherence to best practices that can help predict outcomes.