This year’s Workers’ Compensation Institute Annual conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, August 21-24. WCI is the country’s largest work comp conference, bringing together workers’ compensation professionals from across the country.
We can't wait to see everyone in Orlando!
Breakfast Session: Innovative Clinical Prior Authorization Solutions
Where: Miami Conference Room, Hall of Cities
When: Monday, August 22 | Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. | Presentation starts at 7:45 a.m.
This educational session will cover key metrics that demonstrate how using a centralized, outsourced prior authorization solution can help reduce claimant friction, improve adjuster efficiency, eliminate unnecessary medications and more. Don't miss out - reserve your spot!
Future Risk: Impact of Medical Cannabis on the Workplace
Where: Grand Ballroom 8B, Convention Level
When: Monday, August 22 | 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
One of the collective goals in workers’ compensation is that 10 years in the future, we are not discussing the cannabis crisis! How do we take the lessons learned from the opioid crisis and apply those to the appropriate management of cannabis once it is legalized at the federal level? The introduction of cannabis into mainstream medical practice is unprecedented in modern times. Physicians in most states now may recommend the use of cannabis for a wide range of symptoms for everything from anorexia to “any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.” In this session, a risk manager, a medical director and a clinical pharmacist will discuss a claims strategy for when cannabis is involved.
Portions of this strategy include:
- Put on the brakes! Cannabis is not a cure all, and is not the “safe” drug. Cannabis is addictive, patients may experience non-fatal overdoses, and it may drive emergency services.
- Pay attention to the guidelines! As long as they are silent, look to evidence-based medicine.
- Look at first line treatments first, especially with regard to weaning off opioids. History reveals tragic lessons when medicine attempts to use one drug of abuse to treat addiction to another drug of abuse.
- Pay attention to the federal regulation! Cannabis is still an illegal drug.