Insurer extends partnership with Yale School of Medicine to provide training to better treat injured workers and curb the opioid crisis
The Hartforda leading workers’ damage and disability insurer, is extending its partnership with the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine (Yale-PAM) to provide new training on substance abuse, pain management and stigma to more medical providers who treat injured workers.
“Science and empathy are both essential to addressing the current opioid crisis, and the unique training developed through our partnership has both,” said Hartford Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. . “By partnering with an internationally recognized leader in evidence-based treatments, we are advancing stigma-free education and compassionate care to help more American workers return to active and productive lives after injury.&CloseCurlyDoubleQuote ;
David Fieldin, MD, and Jeanette Tétrault, MD, FACP, FASAM., led the Yale-PAM team that developed the original program, which helps clinicians better understand opioids and work-related injuries, identify and treat acute pain and chronic pain, and assess substance and opioid use disorders in injured workers. Hartford’s Chief Medical Officer, Adam Seidner, MD, served as a consultant to the Yale-PAM team to ensure the program focuses on improving workers. their ability to do their job, to prevent the development of chronic pain through appropriate acute pain management, and to enable a safe return to work after an injury at work.
Leveraging the new curriculum, the Yale-PAM team hosted an in-depth virtual training session for 25 clinicians in June. Participants were very pleased with the training, saying it was “comprehensive” and “interactive.” Additionally, knowledge gain between pre- and post-knowledge assessment scores was noted among participants, who averaged 88% on post-training.
Over the coming year, the Yale-PAM team will refine and update the program based on feedback from pilot participants, conduct additional virtual and in-person training sessions, and develop train-the-trainer resources so that more instructors can deliver the training.
“We are grateful for The Hartford & CloseCurlyQuote; unrestricted donation to support the development of a unique new educational resource that will help address the deadly opioid crisis, & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote; says Dr. Fiellin.” With continued support , we will reach more clinicians with the new program and help countless American workers who have suffered injuries with evidence-based treatment approaches in an effort to return to work.”
The Hartford launched the partnership with the Yale School of Medicine following a registration level of overdose deaths in the United States in 2021. To address the opioid crisis, the society also supported federal funding for opioid education and treatment programs and advocated for federal and state reforms, such as such as adopting robust drug formularies, mandatory physician and provider education, restrictions on unnecessary opioid prescriptions, and improving drug monitoring programs.
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