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Mike Pringle

Mike is a medical case manager with Windham Injury Management Group. He has over 28 years experience in intensive care and emergency nursing. He received his basic nursing diploma from Malden Hospital School of Nursing and went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree at Barrat College and The University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School, graduating with honors. He furthered his education by receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Health Care emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. Mike has worked in several health care settings domestically and internationally. His military experience enabled him to work in Southeast Asia as the Executive Officer of 3rd Medical Battalion providing medical support to operational military forces in the region. Attorney Deborah Kohl has nominated Mike to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents as an expert case manager in pain management. Mike is highly sought after by colleagues, employers, and adjusters to help on difficult work injury cases. Injured workers that have had Mike as their case manager respect him and have recommended him to others. Mike lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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Recent Posts

Claim Costs vs. Service Value

Posted by Mike Pringle on Feb 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

In the claims arena, you focus on the cost of a service rather than the potential value a service may add to your claim. You buy services for what they cost rather than what they do.  You assume you’re adding value to your claim by controlling cost and passing on service that has value.

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Topics: Rising Indemnity and Medical Costs

Connecting for the Win-Win with Claims

Posted by Mike Pringle on Feb 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM


From a claims perspective, the success of a work injury claim gets judged by the overall claim cost. The two major components of claim costs are medical treatment expenditures, and the time an injured employee is out of work receiving indemnity benefits.

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Topics: Rising Indemnity and Medical Costs

2017 Resolutions, NOW is the Time

Posted by Mike Pringle on Dec 30, 2016 12:30:00 PM

One day from now we will finish putting the last few memories of this year in a box, we'll mark it 2016, and put it in long term storage. At some point, we might go back to the 2016 box and open it to reminisce during a moment of melancholic reflection, but that time seems far off and unlikely to occur right now. At the same time, the delivery of a new box will arrive on our doorstep. The box will be clean and new, void of any marks, scratches, or other imperfections. Unlike the many packages that have arrived at our door in the past year from Amazon and other places that seem only to exist on the Web, we're not completely sure what we will find inside.

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Topics: Return To Work, New Years Resolutions

Eight Years On Oxy - How We Stopped The Pain Management Madness

Posted by Mike Pringle on Aug 5, 2016 11:15:00 AM

I started Frank's case in early May of 2013. Frank was a 43 year old out of work carpenter. He had injured his lower back after falling about 12 feet off some construction staging (scaffolding). Frank's DOI was in 2005 and by the time I had received his case it had already settled. Prior to his case settling Frank had been through the normal treatment pathways which included activity modification, oral medications including opiates, physical therapy, and interventional pain management (injections). 

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Topics: Return To Work, Pain Management

The Importance of Co-Workers and Supervisors After an Injury

Posted by Mike Pringle on May 11, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The work environment influences the return to work outcome regardless of the injury or medical condition (Kosny et al., 2013). Employers as well as co-workers of an injured employee have a meaningful role in the return to work process of an injured colleague. What’s important is how an injured worker is supported during the acute and rehabilitative phases after an injury. Co-workers are indispensible in supporting an injured worker during the transition from being disabled, through the complete injury recovery process and returning to full duty employment.

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Topics: Return To Work

55 and Beyond: Staying In The Game with A Little Help

Posted by Mike Pringle on Mar 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Aging Workforce Statistics

In 2012 20.9% of the United States workforce was aged 55 or older, and estimates project this percentage to increase to 25.6% by 2022 (U.S. Department of Labor, 2014). Older employees continue to be active members in the workforce so they may postpone retirement, maintain income for financial reasons, or simply preserve a productive and social presence. As workers age, a reciprocal relationship develops between experience and knowledge, and physical functioning and cognitive abilities. These life resources typically need to be managed and supported in order to maintain an effective occupational role as employees age.

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Topics: Aging Workforce

Two Things To Consider With Opiate Pain Management

Posted by Mike Pringle on Nov 12, 2015 10:16:47 PM

Chronic non-cancer pain affects almost 20% of adults (Moore, Derry, Taylor, Straube, & Phillips, 2014; Rolfe, 2014). Persistent pain adversely impacts a person’s quality of life, employment status, and their use of health care resources. Activities that most of us take for granted such as walking, shopping, recreational activities, dressing, and maintaining intimate relationships, as well as many other activities become difficult or impossible to participate in.

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Topics: Pain Management

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