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The Travelers Companies, Inc. reported an almost 40 percent reduction in the use of opioids among injured construction workers it has helped, thanks to a combination of its Early Severity Predictor model and its comprehensive pharmacy management program. The Early Severity Predictor helps forecast which injured employees are at higher risk of developing chronic pain, while the pharmacy management program monitors drug interactions, excessive dosing and abuse patterns to reduce the risk of opioid dependency.

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is the editor for the retirement industry audience and a digital managing editor at BenefitsPRO. She is currently considering pitches for unpublished contributed content related to the employer-sponsored retirement plan arena. A former technology editor, advertising copywriter, and academic advisor, Marwitz is the mother of three and walker/stick-thrower/treat-giver to a Welsh Corgi named Leeloo.

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