Strategies to Manage the Pandora’s Box of Comorbid Conditions

“Sitting is as bad as smoking.” 10,000 Americans a day turn 65, increasing the possibility of comorbid conditions on claims. Claims with a comorbidity diagnosis are increasing. A comorbid diagnosis can give the provider, injured worker and payer more realistic expectations for return to work and recovery. Eric Patten, Director of Clinical Management and Complex […]

Incorporating Telemedicine into Workers’ Compensation Care

Telemedicine is a hot topic with lots of discussion around its potential to favorably impact workers’ compensation by improving medical care access, but to what extent is it actually feasible today? This session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference featured viewpoints from an employer, vendor and carrier. Speakers included: Ann Schnure, VP […]

Telephonic Case Management

At the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, David Jones from Express Scripts, Inc., and Peter Greaney from WorkCare, Inc., presented a case study in how Express Scripts used telephonic case management to improve their claims results.  Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefit management service that is one of the largest dispensers of medications […]

The Advocacy Approach to Workers’ Compensation Claims

At the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disabilty Conference, a panel discussed using an advocacy approach to workers’ compensation claims management. The panel was: Denise Algire – Director Managed Care & Disability Corporate Risk, Albertsons Companies Scott Daniels – Director of Disability, Comcast William Wainscott – Manager Workers’ Compensation & Occupational Health, International Paper Kimberly […]

Bringing Value-Based Care to Workers’ Compensation

There is an industry consensus that shifting away from fee-for-service payments for medical treatment to value-based care will benefit workers’ compensation by linking medical-provider pay to patient outcomes. In this session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, early adopters of values-based models explained their strategies, challenges encountered and results obtained. Speakers included: […]

Restoring Function and Returning to Work

At the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Marcos Iglesias from The Hartford and Robert Hall from Helios discussed the impact of disability and tools for improving outcomes for injured workers.  Ways injured workers are impacted by disability include: Loss of income – Not only during the course of the claim, but potential loss […]

How Mental Health Impacts Productivity and Performance

Mental health factors like stress, anxiety and depression contribute to disabilities, productivity losses and absences. Physical wellbeing and mental health are intertwined, therefore, both are necessary for recovery from injury and illness. In this session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, presenters discussed current research related to the topic and provided examples […]

Fueling Injury Recovery with Engaged Workers

Engaging injured workers in their own recovery and claims process makes practical sense. The more engaged, the more likely they will participate in positive behavior, helping them return to work sooner. But in a world of rapidly-changing technology, measures for engaging workers must evolve — or be doomed to fail. In the opening keynote session […]

Merging Safety Cultures

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Joan Vincenz, Managing Director Workers’ Compensation and Managed Care with United Airlines, talked about the process United went through to restructure their workers’ compensation program when they merged with Continental. The vision statement of United Airlines is to return their employee to […]

To C&R or Not C&R – That is the Question

A compromise and release (C&R) agreement is essentially a contract between an injured worker and a party that is paying workers’ compensation benefits to the injured person. By signing the agreement, the injured party settles his workers’ compensation claim in exchange for a lump-sum check. This panel at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk […]

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