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

Using MDGuidelines’ Formulary to Investigate Opioid Prescribing Patterns

Summary of Research Brief Using an extensive database of ~1.9 million short-term disability and workers’ compensation claims, we investigated for leave claims where opioids were prescribed contrary to the MDGuidelines’ Formulary recommendation. We found ~3% of the claims had an opioid prescription that was either moderately or strongly recommended against in our Formulary. We found … Continued

Improve Outcomes with Intelligent Clinical Decision Support

How do you deliver on the promise of improved outcomes while still tightly managing costs? That’s a question that more than 700 ACOs face every day.[1] It’s also the same dilemma payers and employers have wrestled with for years, which is why it’s critical to learn from their approach. By leveraging both evidence-based guidelines and physiological … Continued

Putting Patients First: The Benefits of Quality Drug Formularies in Workers’ Compensation Systems

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers. Their August 2016 position paper, Drug Formularies in Workers’ Compensation Systems, identifies how the use of properly designed formularies can improve medical quality and contain costs for injured workers. ACOEM believes that a … Continued

MDGuidelines Launches D.A.R.T., a Recommendation Tool Based on ACOEM Practice Guidelines

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reed Group, a leading provider of absence management and publisher of MDGuidelines®, announced the launch of a new web-based recommendation tool called D.A.R.T. (Diagnosis and Related Treatments). “The launch of D.A.R.T. continues to underscore the serious commitment MDGuidelines has in offering health care providers the most trusted sources for the assessment and management … Continued

Judge Posner cites Reed Group’s DisabilityGuidelines™ as ADA Accommodation Authority in Lawsuit Opinion

By Megan Holstein, Esq., Director of Compliance In a recent court ruling, Judge Richard Posner, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, cited Reed Group’s DisabilityGuidelines™ as a pivotal tool in the decision making process for Kauffman v. Petersen Health Care. The court ruled on behalf of the plaintiff, finding that … Continued