CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Dr. Adam Seidner, The Hartford’s chief medical officer, about the company’s new partnership with the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine. 

The initiative, which Seidner is leading, is developing a training program for Connecticut medical providers who treat injured workers and focuses on addiction, pain management, and stigma.

Phase one of the pilot program is underway with the development of training modules. The second phase, which begins in January, will train 100 physicians who manage acute and chronic pain as well as substance use disorders. 

Seidner said part of the program will help doctors to treat acute pain with different pathways before using potentially addictive medication. 

“Acute pain, if properly managed, can prevent people from developing chronic pain,” Seidner said. 

“When pain is managed people can actively resume their lives.”

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