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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Topics: Return To Work
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.
Topics: Aging Workforce
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.
Topics: Pain Management