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Why Occupational Absences Matter in Population Health

Do not skip the appendices. That is what I learned the other day while researching the drivers of high-cost health care. Somehow, I stumbled into “Appendix E: Epidemiology of Serious Illness and High Utilization of Health Care” from Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.1  This fascinating Appendix … 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

New Opioid Chapter Added to Reed Group DisabilityGuidelines™ (formerly MDGuidelines and ACOEM Practice Guidelines)

Opioids have gotten a ton of attention lately from the mainstream media (here’s one sample, from National Public Radio) which is great news – the public needs to know more about the serious risks that accompany opioid use, since opioids currently cause about 16,000 fatalities annually in the US alone, up from 14,800 in 2008. Reed … Continued

ClaimVantage Now Available with MDGuidelines

Good news for users of the ClaimVantage! ClaimVantage’s cloud computing disability claims system is now available with our MDGuidelines return-to-work reference toolset. MDGuidelines can be embedded in ClaimVantage for seamless, easy-to-use claims and case management workflow. “Reed Group is the de facto standard for return-to-work guidelines, and the new MDGuidelines predictive model is the best … Continued

Clinical Guidelines & the Ethics of Comparative Effectiveness

In today’s post to his always-excellent blog Managed Care Matters, Joe Paduda writes about the ethics of clinical guidelines and the dilemma of comparative effectiveness. He rightly says that… “If we are to solve the access and cost problem, payers, providers, and patients must be comfortable with the decision process and methodology.” And he goes … Continued

New Podcast for Dorland Health/Case in Point

Recently I chatted with Anne Llewellyn, editor in chief of Dorland’s case management products (e.g., Case in Point Magazine), and gave her an update on how professionals can use disability management guidelines to better understand the time and treatment needed to treat complex conditions. You can listen to a podcast of our conversation on the … Continued