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Start A War on Rogue Prescription Drugs

On any given Work Comp claim, you may be over paying for drugs. In spite of utilization review, fee schedules and RX providers there are emerging forces skirting cost-caps and grabbing a piece of the drug-revenue-pie. Their methods are as…Read More

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Bad Mood Rising Brings Something Surprising

Given today’s economy it is easy to understand a negative mood among those without work and/or upside down in their personal finances. However, more insidious is the mood of those who are indirectly impacted. I refer to those who are…Read More

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“Defensive Medicine” Ain’t Neither..!!

“Defensive medicine” in the Workers’ Compensation realm can set a trap for employers. Defensive medicine is the practice of referring excessive diagnostic testing for fear of a malpractice suit. Before I offend anyone in the medical profession, let me state…Read More

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“Reefer Madness” Leaves Common Sense “Up In Smoke”

Medical marijuana is poised to impose itself on Workers’ Compensation. Employers should not ignore the threat. Medical pot would prolong “open medical” status in WC claims, create privacy protections that would complicate current drug testing policies, and reduce employers’ ability…Read More

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A Denial With A Smile May Avoid A Trial

To deny a Workers’ Comp claim is to create an emotional event. Employers often feel frustration/anger over questionable circumstances and a seemingly deceitful employee. Employees may feel indignant over a refusal of what they believe is rightfully theirs. Human competitive…Read More

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Creating “Outliers” and Avoiding “Out-Liars”

“The Outliers” book by Malcolm Gladwell theorizes why some people excel and others do not. “Outliers” in this context are the once-in-a-multitude-of-generations phenomenon like The Beatles or Bill Gates. Gladwell contends that creating an “outlier” first requires 10,000 hours of…Read More

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Five Ways to Bring Out The Best in Your Adjuster

Claims adjusting used to be a personal, autonomous job. “Road” adjusters with company cars met directly with claimants, lawyers, doctors and whoever else necessary to get claims investigated and resolved. A good adjuster had an innate ability to read people…Read More