Monthly Archives | July 2015

Back pain in the US: Numerous causes, uncertain treatment

This much is clear: America has a serious back pain problem.   Back pain presents a growing challenge for the health care system. Back pain (including neck pain) is the cause of more than 10 percent of primary care visits. Roughly $86 billion of health care resources goes toward treating it each year.   The […]

Opioids and Workers’ Comp – Optimize Care Through Review

Data from drug utilization reviews reveal the benefits of reviewing opioid prescriptions in workers’ comp cases. Here is a summary of our findings from a white paper by AMR’s Hamed Hafizi, MPH.

How Has the Affordable Care Act Affected IROs?

How Has the Affordable Care Act Affected IROs? A crucial consumer protection in the Affordable Care Act — the right to appeal to an outside entity when an insurance company denies payment – received relatively little public attention -but it’s creating noteworthy opportunities and challenges for independent review organizations (IROs). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) carves […]