What about pain: Understand pain and options for managing pain within workers' compensation claims
Each year millions of claims are submitted by workers who may have suffered a work-related injury or illness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private injury employers in 2019 alone. Of that figure, 888,220 nonfatal injuries and illnesses caused a private industry worker to miss at least one day of work, with 80% of injuries or illness being sprains, strains, tears, soreness, bruises, contusions, cuts, lacerations, punctures, and fractures – all, very likely, causing some degree of pain[i]. Ten to twenty percent of individuals who enter the workers' compensation system due ...
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Obesity within workers' compensation case management
The battle of the bulge has been a losing battle for many as the obesity rate for Americans has steadily increased to over 40%.[i] More and more of the population, as indicated, have problems with weight management due to a sedentary lifestyle and job duties. With increased weight, we also see an increase in related health issues, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are among the leading causes of death in the United States. When we consider the impact of obesity on recovery and rehabilitation within workers’ compensation case management, the effect is even more significant. In this INSIGHT article, ...
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case management during coronavirus
In the wake of COVID-19 healthcare professionals worldwide are experiencing drastic changes in how they work and care for their patients – changes which not only impact hospital and acute care professionals,  but changes with rippling impacts to health care providers in varying fields including nurse case management. Whether facing a global pandemic, or an equally significant crisis, the ability to adapt is critical for patient recovery and care. After more than a month of shelter-in-place protocols, MLCC takes a moment to re-examine workers’ compensation nurse case management and how we’re ensuring our patients continue to receive the attention and ...
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Managing hypertension as a co-morbidity in workers compensation
In January 2018, the American Heart Association published an estimate that 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, which accounts for nearly half of all adults in the United States[i]. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to severe health complications and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and sometimes death. With such a high occurrence of U.S. adults having high blood pressure, it is not surprising that hypertension is the most prevalent comorbidity within workers’ compensation claims[ii]. In this issue of INSIGHT, we explore hypertension within workers’ compensation, and three nurse case management strategies to ...
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