With millions of dollars at stake, employers, insurers and third-party administrators carefully track return-to-work durations (the length of time employees are absent due to short-term disability, long-term disability, workers’ compensation and FMLA).

But simply tracking those numbers isn’t enough. How can your organization use its data to know whether you’re doing all you can to quickly get employees back to work and health?

Our new data analytics service can give you a no-cost way to benchmark your return-to-work data against Reed Group’s extensive MDGuidelines database of more than two million cases.

Our new MDGuidelines Measure Up service will provide — at no charge — benchmarks in seven categories:

  • Overall Average (statistical mean)
  • Gender
  • Age Group
  • Job Class (indicating degree of physical demands, typically U.S. Dept. of Labor classifications)
  • Co-morbid Conditions (additional health problems that extend recovery times)
  • Program Type (short-term disability, long-term disability, workers’ compensation)
  • Geographic Area

Benchmarking return-to-work durations is absolutely critical for companies that want to reduce the huge cost of employee absence, improve productivity and help employees quickly get back to normal, productive endeavors. MDGuidelines Measure Up will show employers and others whether they’re doing a great job or whether and where they need to improve.

Data must be sent to Reed Group in an easy-to-use standard file format; no personal or HIPAA-controlled data will be required. Participants will get a written benchmarking report and, if they choose, additional consultation from Reed Group experts on what their results mean and how they can use the benchmarks to improve.

To request our no-cost MDGuidelines Measure Up benchmarking report, contact John Nelson, director of guidelines, Reed Group, at 303.404.6600 or email

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