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Tron Emptage

Tron Emptage, MA, RPh
Chief Clinical Officer

Tron Emptage was named Chief Clinical Officer in January 2016. In this role, Tron oversees Optum clinical programs to help clients gain more control over medical costs and achieve better outcomes for injured workers.


Tron leverages nearly 31 years of health care, workers’ compensation, and auto no-fault experience in developing and managing key program components, such as medication plans and formularies, utilization reviews, physician outreach, clinical intervention, and pharmacist and nursing support. Tron has used his hospital, retail pharmacy, home infusion, and medical network experiences to develop many innovative clinical initiatives, including our patent-pending data analytics model, our clinical oversight programs, and our urine drug testing program — all critical to helping Optum transform the way workers’ compensation and auto no-fault payers manage claims and contain costs through utilization.


Tron is a registered pharmacist licensed in the state of Ohio and earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts from Ashland University. He shares his clinical management insights as a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences and is an author of several white papers and journal articles with topics ranging from prescription drug misuse to pharmacy management strategies.

Speaking engagement topics

Average Wholesale Price (AWP)

Chronic pain; clinical intervention


Compounded medications

Formularies/medication plans

Fraud, waste and abuse

Generic medications

Medical marijuana

Medication trends

Opioid analgesic utilization/management

Pharmacy benefit management

Physician dispensing