March 15, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Contemplating Comorbidities!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some interesting insights from One Call Care Management’s Eric Patten, RN from a presentation he gave on understanding comorbidities and the effects that they have on program costs and injured workers’ outcomes.

Patten outlined the comorbid conditions that are most dramatically affecting workers’ comp claims, which include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mental illness, tobacco use and substance abuse, noting that they can inhibit an injured workers’ ability to heal and recover, so early identification can provide more realistic expectation of recovery and RTW times. Patten also noted that a 2016 Harbor Health Systems (a One Call company) study found that claims with multiple comorbidities experienced adverse development compared to controls, including a 76% increase in claims duration, and a 341% increase in total incurred costs. Finally Patten noted that wellness and disease management programs offer potential areas to help reduce the impact of comorbid conditions.

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