The Value of Medication Monitoring: Workers' Compensation Claimants and Systems

According to the latest Worker’s Compensation Research Institute Opioid Study a large percentage of injured workers (54-86%) receiving pain medications received opioids across the 25 states studied. Numerous guidelines have been published to address the appropriate utilization of opioid therapy in the worker’s compensation population. This presentation will highlight national trends in opioid misuse and abuse, discuss patient selection and discuss the role of medication monitoring as a valuable tool that provides objective, actionable information during the care of injured workers.


Title: The Value of Medication Monitoring: Workers' Compensation Claimants and Systems
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 10 AM PST / 1PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe trends in opioid misuse and abuse
  • Discuss the current landscape in use of opioids for chronic pain management
  • Discuss guidelines created specifically for worker’s compensation
  • Identify risk factors for substance misuse and abuse


Maria Chianta, PharmD

Director, Clinical Affairs, Managed Markets. Millennium Health

Maria Chianta, Pharm.D. Director of Clinical Affairs, Managed Markets for Millennium Health began her career in community pharmacy. She began working for an international pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer where she directed medical information and global post-marketing surveillance systems operations for many years. She transitioned into Clinical Affairs to pursue her passion for education on the value of clinical products. Currently, Dr. Chianta provides clinical expertise and leadership in developing clinical education tools and services supporting appropriate utilization of Millennium Health’s offerings to improve patient, provider, payer and societal outcomes. She educates nationally on the value of appropriate clinical medication monitoring and pharmacogenetic testing.

During her time at Millennium Health, she has collaborated with many payer organizations and has given numerous lectures nationally on the appropriate utilization of urine drug testing and pharmacogenetic testing to help improve care for injured workers. She serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students from Southern Illinois Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.

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