May 22, 2017

A New Approach to Healthcare is on the Horizon


Imagine having a single resource for all of your questions related to medical treatment and billing, workers’ compensation and disability claims, and leave of absence concerns. Health assistants soon will fill this new role as a part of employee benefit programs. Employees participating in their employer’s plan will be assigned an assistant…[Continue Reading]

OSHA Reporting Requirements Are Changing – Are You Ready?


Meeting regulatory requirements for OSHA recordkeeping can be a significant challenge for workers’ compensation teams. With the release of OSHA’s Final Rule on electronic reporting, centralized recordkeeping becomes a key strategy for employers to meet their new obligations. Is your workers’ compensation team ready for this…[Continue Reading]

Insights for 2017


2017 is here and poised to challenge and change our industry in many ways. Key areas in the spotlight for the coming year include good health empowerments, regulation transformations, consumer-centric progressions, risk circumventions and tech modernisms. I think we can all agree technological advances are moving at an…[Continue Reading]

Quality IME: A Vital Claims Management Tool


When a complex injury case is in dispute, an Independent Medical Examination (IME) has long been the tool in our claims management arsenal to bring about resolution. IMEs help resolve a number of issues. They can assist in determining if the claimant’s condition was caused by the workplace incident; if a recommended course of treatment is…[Continue Reading]

Building Telemedicine Programs for Workers’ Compensation


Telemedicine services designed for workers’ compensation and group health plans will have similar benefits, but there are many additional components that must be included to provide a quality program for patients with workplace injuries. Telemedicine services include clinical consultations with nurses via telephone and virtual physician visits using…[Continue Reading]

Listen Up: What You Can Learn About the Industry in 3-4 Minutes


In our workers’ compensation world, there are an ever-increasing number of media sources trying to grab our attention. Whether in the form of a magazine article, LinkedIn post, webinar or whitepaper, the industry is blessed to have so many important information vehicles to help you deliver the best services to injured workers. While more is often better, it doesn’t solve a significant problem many of us face: time. How can we keep up…[Continue Reading]

Mitigating Opioid-Induced Side Effects to Achieve Better Outcomes


Opioid analgesics are commonly prescribed to treat the pain associated with workers’ compensation and auto no-fault injuries. These medications have an important role in pain management treatment and therapy and may be effective for certain indications, including acute pain not relieved by non-opioid analgesics, pain associated with various types of…[Continue Reading]

A Data-Driven Understanding of Physical Medicine


In the consumer marketplace, customer experience is king. Online retailer Amazon is an example of a company that has long excelled in their ability to adapt and innovate in ways that optimize the shopping experience for their customers. And this begins with a data-driven understanding of what’s working vs what isn’t. One must accurately and continuously measure…[Continue Reading]

Clinical Info, Second Edition 2016, Now Available


Optum is pleased to release the latest edition of Clinical Info, encompassing noteworthy changes to medications and guidelines affecting the workers’ compensation industry. Within this edition you will read about the ongoing efforts to curb opioid analgesic misuse and abuse and the use of adjuvant medications for chronic pain. In addition, a list of…[Continue Reading]

The Emerging Use of Naloxone: What Workers’ Compensation Payers Need to Know


In an effort to reduce the epidemic number of overdose-related deaths and injuries associated with the misuse of opioid analgesics, many states have been looking to enact legislation to help curb this trend. One way states have tried to accomplish this is to establish prescribing quantity limits on opioid analgesics. They are also establishing…[Continue Reading]

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