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Surgery & Opioid Risk Reduction Learning Collaborative

November 30 @ 10:00 am-11:00 am


Surgery is a major expense for employer and union sponsored health benefit plans.
For every 1,000 lives in an employee benefit health plan, it is estimated that between 30 and 50 members will undergo a surgical procedure in a given plan year.

The majority of high-cost Employee Benefit claimants have had surgery. Many members with health care expenses totaling $100,000 or more in a plan year have had more than one surgery. Two high-cost claim categories often require surgery: cancer and musculoskeletal treatment. Delayed preventative health screening during the pandemic is resulting in more complicated and more expensive surgeries.

Pain management is a major aspect of surgery, recovery, and healing. Surgery is a leading gateway to new persistent opioid use leading to addiction; on average 8.7% of surgery patients are affected.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn enhanced recovery strategies to optimize outcomes of surgeries in Employee Benefit Plans that promote faster healing, reduce complications, and decrease prescribed, consumed, and leftover opioids.
2. Understand how opioid-sparing surgical pain management includes both non-opioid medications and multi-modal pain relief using over-the-counter pain medications without the risk of addiction
3. Understand how Surgical Quality Analysis can pinpoint surgical improvement strategies
4. Identify how Surgical Nurse Navigators and Prepared for Surgery Kits can improve outcomes
5. Learn how the Validation Institute validated Goldfinch Health for a $7.70: $1 ROI and 32 days faster healing time to foster return to life and work.

Moderator: Cal Beyer; Vice President; Workforce Risk & Worker Wellbeing; ACAP Health Works (Waukee, IA).


November 30
10:00 am-11:00 am
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ACAP Health Works


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