MDGuidelines 6.1 is Here!

This week we issued version 6.1 of our online platform of return-to-work guidelines. The new release includes: Updated Content based on changing medical trends. Text-Only Version for use with mobile devices and by the visually impaired. Colorado State Guidelines. MDGuidelines 6.1 has updated content in 179 monographs as well as updated RBRVS (Medicare fee … Continued

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Workplace Injury of the Week: Ankle Fracture

Ankle fractures–whether they happen when Joe slips on the loading dock or when Jody takes a bad step in the Saturday 1k running race–are a common injury that causes absence from work. Our MDGuidelines brief on ankle fractures has helpful information for individuals, medical professionals and return-to-work case managers. Here are some of the major … Continued

Want Healthier Workers? Help Them Stand and Walk

A simple thing employers can do to help desk-bound employees with chronic back pain and perhaps even to reduce obesity levels among employees may be as simple as a change of office furniture. Replacing the standard sitting desk with higher and height-adjustable desks that allow employees to comfortably stand while they work may offer substantial … Continued

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Reed Group and ACOEM Renew & Extend Partnership

All of us at Reed Group are very pleased to announce that we have renewed and extended our partnership with The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the leading medical professional society in occupational health. ACOEM’s Practice Guidelines Internet platform (APG-I) will be offered along with our return-to-work durations guidelines on our … 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

Attending AAMC? Stop by our booth.

Are you attending the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston next week (Nov 6-11)? Stop by Reed Group’s booth (#605) and say hi. We’ll be happy to give you a demo of MDGuidelines, our extensive database of return-to-work durations and treatment plans for disability, workers’ compensation and other medically-related work … Continued

Are You Ready to Deal With Employee Absenteeism?

Shepell·fgi, a Canadian provider of workplace health and productivity solutions, surveyed 100 Canadian organizations and concluded in a June 4, 2009 report that “that far too many supervisors and managers in the Canadian workplace are not equipped to deal with employee health, productivity, absenteeism, disability, and employees returning to work after an absence.” Recommendations from … Continued

Predictive Modeling: Wave of the Future

A trio of experts at a recent Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Florida said that while predictive modeling won’t replace knowledgeable insurance adjusters and underwriters, it is the ‘wave of the future” for the workers’ compensation industry. The panel’s remarks are covered in an excellent August 18th article by Daniel Hays, National Underwriter (P&C). The … Continued

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If Docs Had More Time, They’d Ask About Patients’ Work

Today’s New York Times ran an excellent article by Julie Weed titled If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen.  The article puts forth substantive evidence that giving physicians enough time to spend with patients saves healthcare costs in the long run by emphasizing preventive care that cuts emergency room visits and by reducing diagnosis/treatment … Continued