The Digital Age of Medicine: A Stumbling Block to Patient Care

To realize the benefits of evidence-based medicine, physicians need to be freed from inefficient EHR systems. Health care delivery has changed significantly over the last decade with the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Unlike their paper-based counterparts, EHRs integrate disparate functions like billing, compliance, clinical ordering, and charting into a single system.1,2 By … Continued

Struck by a Duck? A Look into the Curious World of Medical Codes

Over the past 10 years, the healthcare industry has been engulfed by a sea of data. By some estimates, an average hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system generates more than 665 terabytes of data every day.1 Data is collected from clinician–patient interactions, lab tests, radiological images, diagnoses, treatment protocols, medical costs, insurance payments, and more. At … Continued

MDGuidelines Webinar: The Medical Cost Burden of Disability

Registration Is Now Open! The Medical Cost Burden of Disability Webinar The role of disability management in health care cost containment May 17, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM MST Medical costs are an often-overlooked aspect of short-term disability. In this free webinar, the presenters will discuss ReedGroup’s latest research on the relationship between medical costs … Continued

Part 3, Medical Cost Savings Series: How the US Can Save $6B in Medical Costs: The Financial Impact of Reducing Short-Term Disability Durations

As our country debates who should pay for healthcare, we continue to sidestep a fundamental problem: the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, approximately $3.2 trillion in 2015, but we under perform on all key health outcomes relative to other industrialized nations.1–3 To overcome these challenges, top health economists point to the … Continued

Part 1 Medical Cost Savings: How Disability Management Impacts Medical Costs and Employee Productivity

Research has shown strong relationships between employee health and productivity, and companies are increasingly turning to wellness programs to improve employee health in an effort to become more competitive. However, with an aging U.S. workforce, employees retiring later, and a high prevalence of chronic diseases, wellness programs alone are not a complete solution for health … Continued