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Improving Your Workplace Wellness | Workers Comp (3)

Workers’ Compensation System Embraces Opioid Alternatives

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published March 31, 2017

The workers’ compensation system was among the first groups to identify and target opioid abuse among patients with chronic pain. Because workers’ compensation is administered on the state level, many legislative initiatives have been implemented within various states. One that has gained increasing attention of late is the use of prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs.

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Physical Therapists Take Aim at Opioid Epidemic..

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published March 22, 2017

The opioid epidemic has been one of the most disruptive conditions in the American healthcare system in decades. Statistics show more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, topping the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities as well as gun deaths. Many of the overdose deaths were attributed to opioids that were prescribed for chronic pain.

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PT Strategies for Best Outcomes of Low Back Pain

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published March 01, 2017

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most pervasive medical conditions in the U.S. An estimated one-quarter of American adults say they have experienced LBP for at least 1 day in the past 3 months; so it’s no wonder it is one of the most common ailments we see among the injured workers we treat.

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Look to PT to Avoid Creeping Catastrophic Claims

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published February 17, 2017

Functionality is key to helping injured workers with chronic pain. While that may seem obvious, that’s not the approach typically taken for these patients. Instead, payers, medical providers and others involved in a claim are often in lockstep on the need to identify and eliminate a single physical source of the pain — even when that may result in multiple surgeries, a myriad of additional medical procedures, addictive medications and, ironically, little to no relief from the pain.

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Automation and the World of Workers' Comp

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published January 20, 2017

Technology has been replacing workers ever since the Industrial Revolution. But today’s rapid-fire digital changes are making workers especially nervous. And for good reason. Robots and artificial intelligence (A.I.) are being “hired” by a growing number of companies.

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Are We Fulfilling Our Obligations to Injured Workers?

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published December 30, 2016

The workers’ compensation system here in the US has existed for more than a century. So how are we doing, after all that time? The US Department of Labor recently posed the question, “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?” They published their findings in an exhaustive report.  It is not flattering.

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Study Verifies Workers’ Comp Best Practices

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published December 16, 2016

Results of the 2016 Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study were released in October. That now gives us four years’ worth of cumulative data. With that, we can see what makes a top-performing claims organization successful. And why others are lagging behind. We have hard evidence.

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What Really Drives Best Return To Work Outcomes?

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published November 15, 2016

Nobody wants to be injured at work. Injured employees don’t want to be out of work – at least not any longer than necessary. As an employer, their early return to work is your #1 goal, too. So if everyone agrees on the goal, what factors drive the best return to work outcomes?

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