Joseph Paduda

Joseph Paduda

Joseph Paduda, the principal of Health Strategy Associates, is a nationally recognized expert in medical management in group health and workers’ compensation, with deep experience in pharmacy services. Paduda also leads CompPharma, a consortium of pharmacy benefit managers active in workers’ compensation.

In addition to consulting with managed care organizations, employers, health care providers, insurers and private equity firms, Health Strategy Associates conducts regular surveys on managing work comp pharmacy costs, utilization review, bill review systems and claims systems.

Paduda is also the prolific author of the controversial Managed Care Matters blog and a founder of Health Wonk Review, a collaborative blog on health care policy.

A respected media source, Paduda has been quoted in the New York Times, Business Week, Risk & Insurance, CFO magazine, Business Insurance and many other publications. He has appeared on Nightline and Fox Business’ Business for Breakfast. He has also written a number of articles that were published in Business Insurance, National Underwriter, Business Finance and CFO magazine.

Paduda is a popular speaker who is particularly adept at converting raw data into valuable, manageable knowledge that organizations can use to develop and refine their medical management programs. He is frequently invited to speak and keynote industry conferences. Speaking engagements include the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards (IAIABC), American Insurance Association, Workers’ Compensation Institute and numerous state workers’ compensation conferences.

He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the 2012 recipient of IAIABC’s President’s Award, recognizing his efforts to identify solutions to the opioid problem in workers’ compensation.

Before launching his consulting business in 1997, he held executive positions with major insurers, including Travelers, United Healthcare and Liberty Mutual. Paduda has a master’s of science degree in health management from American University.

Recent Articles by Joseph Paduda

Media Coverage on Amazon Misses Point

The coverage of the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JPMorgan healthcare initiative has been universal, breathless and mostly superficial. Scoffers, “experts” are gleefully predicting this attempt to do something really different will fail miserably, a victim of ignorance and hubris. While there are no guarantees, these naysayers ignore: the three CEOS and their staff are brilliant, powerful, have almost unlimited resources […]

Who’s Going to Pay for the Opioid Crisis?

Insurers are loosening policy language to allow more treatment for opioid addiction. Treatment centers and providers are opening, expanding and increasing services to meet growing demand. Workers’ comp requires treatment for those addicted to or dependent on opioids, leading to higher costs for employers, insurers and taxpayers. Medicaid will be saddled with much of the […]

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