June 16, 2018

Dr. Michael Choo: The Future of Value-Based Care in Workers’ Compensation – Part 2

Dr Michael Choo

Catastrophic injuries, medically complex cases and chronic pain remain difficult challenges for all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation industry. To achieve greater results, the injured workers in these situations require care from those proficient in specialized skillsets and capabilities that extend beyond what is acceptable for more common, straightforward…[Continue Reading]

Dr. Michael Choo: The Future of Value-Based Care in Workers’ Compensation – Part 1

Dr Michael Choo

The future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is presently uncertain, but our healthcare industry’s steadfast exploration of value-based care models to achieve better outcomes is encouraging. Although the workers’ compensation industry has always operated independently from mainstream healthcare, issues afflicting the private and government…[Continue Reading]

Leaders Speak: 2017 Year in Review, Part Two

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As 2017 winds down, it seems like an appropriate time to feature some of the top content that has been provided by Leaders from the industry for our Leaders Speak section. So, as we close out the year and prep to bring you more great thought leadership in 2018, check out the list below for our most popular Leaders Speak posts from the second half of this year…[Continue Reading]

Leaders Speak: 2017 Year in Review, Part One

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As 2017 winds down, it seems like an appropriate time to feature some of the top content that has been provided by Leaders from the industry for our Leaders Speak section. So, as we close out the year and prep to bring you more great thought leadership in 2018, check out the list below for our most popular Leaders Speak posts from the first half of this year…[Continue Reading]

Nikki Wilson: Opioid Use Disorders – Treatment Options, Tools, and More

Nikki Wilson

In last week’s installment, we shared some insights on the need to understand when opioids are (or are not) indicated for the treatment of specific types of pain commonly seen in workers’ comp. We also highlighted the need for being familiar with prescribing guidelines should opioids be warranted and the warning signs that an individual may be exhibiting signs of…[Continue Reading]

Nikki Wilson: Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Opioid Use

Nikki Wilson

The rampant opioid misuse battering the nation represents one of the most virulent threats to employee welfare in the more than 100-year history of workers’ compensation protections. Equipping key players with an understanding of when opioids are necessary and how to identify opioid use disorder will lead to better chances of deterring the abuse of opioid analgesics that has…[Continue Reading]

Dr. Silvia Sacalis: The Specialty Drug Decision – Weighing Outcomes and Cost

Silvia Sacalis

Pharmaceutical research & development has become laser-focused on the development of specialized drugs, producing some significant drug innovations over the last several years. The crop of new hepatitis C (HCV) antivirals that first hit the market in 2015 presented hope for converting a chronic disease into one that is instead curable. The same year brought the approval of…[Continue Reading]

Dax Craig: Four Aspects of the Claims Lifecycle Data Analytics Can Improve

Dax Craig

For a work comp claim, the multi-step journey from injury to payout, and even proper medical attention, varies across insurers. Yet, the process generally contains similar steps that should be optimized. On one hand, insurers must be diligent in understanding the nature of each claim, including variables such as subrogation potential and length of time an employee…[Continue Reading]

Dax Craig: Mitigating Claim Severity in Work Comp

Dax Craig 2017

It wasn’t long ago that workers’ compensation was recognized for being an unprofitable line of insurance. However, the wide adoption of underwriting analytics helped turn the line around, and the industry has seen profitability for six consecutive years. But underwriting is only one component of the insurance equation, and the gains in profitability are at risk due to…[Continue Reading]

Bryon Bass: ADA Compliance, RTW, and Workers’ Comp: Let the Interactive Process Be Your Guide

Bryon Bass

Workers’ compensation programs are subject to both federal and state statues. Moreover, they can be further complicated by internal structures and administrative complexities. As an example, an organization’s workers’ compensation program is subject to the statues of the state in which the employee works. These state statues can determine such issues as…[Continue Reading]

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