PMSI Leads Industry Expert Panel on the Use and Abuse of Narcotics at WCI 2013 Conference


Tampa, FL ( - PMSI will lead a panel discussion on the controversial topic of opioid use and abuse at the 68th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, the largest conference for workers' compensation professionals in the nation.

The Use and Abuse of Narcotics in the Treatment of Pain in the Workers' Compensation System.

This session will help attendees understand ways to properly utilize opioids for pain management, focusing on functional improvement and avoiding the pitfalls of abuse. It will discuss ways to use data to manage utilization of pain medication, and highlight tools that can be used to prevent potential fraud, waste, abuse, and addiction. By addressing the multiple stakeholders involved, positive impact can be made to the injured workers' therapeutic care.

WHO:             Moderator: Jay Krueger, Executive Vice President, PMSI
Panelists: Julie Fortune, Chief Claims Officer, Arrowpoint Capital
Jill Rosenthal, M.D., Medical Director, Zenith Insurance Company
Suzanne Novak, M.D., PhD., President, Austin Outcomes Research, Inc.
Maria Sciame, PharmD, Vice President Clinical Services, PMSI


WHY:             Attend this session to:

            -      Understand published guidelines for appropriate use and learn signs and signals to identify inappropriate use.

            -      Identify questions to ask and data to gather when you think you have a case of inappropriate use.

            -      What physician-focused tools and interventions can assist with resolving issues with opioid utilization.

            -      Understand how clinical tools, such as drug testing and monitoring, can help prevent opioid misuse and diversion.


WHEN:          August 21, 2013; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


WHERE:       Crystal Ballroom C, Convention Level, The Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

MORE:         Additional sessions with PMSI industry experts include:

                  Panelist: Maria Sciame, PharmD, Vice President Clinical Services
                              -Pharmacy, Medical Services, Fraud and Claims – Innovation
                              August 20, 2013 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


                  Panelist: Jeffrey Gurtcheff, Vice President and General Manager, Settlement Solutions
                               -Mandatory Insurer Reporting—MSP and Technology
                               August 21, 2013 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

                               -National Issues Panel: A Discussion of MSP Issues and Solutions
                               August 21, 2013 | 1:10 pm – 2: 10 pm


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About PMSI:

Founded in 1976, PMSI is a leader in developing solutions to control the growth of medical costs in workers' compensation. As one of the nation's largest and most experienced companies focused solely on workers' compensation, PMSI delivers proven solutions for cost containment across the claims lifecycle.  PMSI's solutions for Pharmacy, Critical Care, and Settlement Solutions deliver quantifiable results and improve the quality of care for injured workers. PMSI provides its customers with the innovation, focus, expertise, analytics and technology needed to successfully deliver workers' compensation benefits.  For more information, visit or call 877.ASK.PMSI.


About WCI

The Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI) is a nonprofit educational organization that serves as a comprehensive resource to all workers' compensation stakeholders. The WCI is an outgrowth of the long-established Florida Workers' Compensation Institute (FWCI). FWCI remains in existence under the WCI umbrella and continues its Florida focus, while the national organization provides a broader outreach across all states.

The WCI sponsors an annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC) in Orlando in August, familiar to many through the sponsorship of FWCI. Now in its 68th year, the conference brings together workers' compensation professionals from across the country for networking and information sharing and provides an opportunity for vendors to display their products and services. Learn more at


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