MDGuidelines Product Update – April 2021

MDGuidelines is committed to constantly improving our content and tools. We’re pleased to announce a number of updates: enhancements to our medical topics and duration tables, formulary, ACOEM Guidelines, and web-based tools. Medical Topics and Durations Update (Available Now) 140 revised topics including 2 new topics: Mallet Finger and Opioid Overdose 105 new and updated … Continued

Allies in Patient Care

2020 has presented the world with a novel assortment of pandemic-related health care pain points. Many patients avoided or were unable to receive treatment for non-COVID health issues due to fear of infection. Front-line health care providers, including allied health professionals, worked harder than ever amidst life-threatening medical supply shortages, while family members struggled to … Continued

Chicken or the Egg? Understanding the Relationship Between Depression and Injury or Illness Work Leaves

Do work leaves cause depression or does depression cause work leaves? We teamed up with researchers at The Standard, The Council for Disability Awareness, and The University of California, Davis to try and shine some light on this question. Using an integrated database of medical and disability claims with more than 496,000 short-term disability cases,1 … Continued

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

Check out our new blog series “Between The Lines”

It’s been said that “experts often possess more data than judgment.” At MDGuidelines, we’re proud to have both in equal measure, and we’re always looking for new ways to share our research findings and our opinions with you, our customers, our friends, and colleagues. Toward that end, we’re pleased to introduce a new blog series … 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

Spotlight on Inadequate Mental Health Utilization

I was surprised to learn that Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949, nearly seven decades ago. But have we made any progress since then? I would argue that although there is a general awareness in the United States that mental health conditions exist, we remain deficient in some extremely important aspects of the … 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

The Worker Advocate

Sitting in a crowded legislative committee and listening to parties debate a bill inspired me to ask myself a very important question:  When all is said and done and my actions are measured, am I truly a worker advocate? The debate referenced above between bill proponents and a hesitant House Labor Committee was long and … Continued

Let’s Study Patient Outcomes, Not Hypothetical Costs Saved from Formularies

In a 2017 joint position paper on prior authorization spearheaded by the American Medical Association, 17 medical organizations representing clinicians, patients, and hospitals advocate that drug formularies should never be implemented based solely on cost criteria.1 Their first principle rightly states, “Any utilization management program applied to a service, device or drug should be based on … Continued