5/1/14

Exciting Advance in Treatment of Paralysis

I am sure many of you saw this, but I recently read about one of the most amazing medical advancements I have heard about in years.

A group of researchers recently restored movement to the legs of paraplegics. There were four participants in the research study, and all four of them regained movement.

2/27/14

Your Internal Clock - Morning Person or Night Owl?

This article was great. It addresses people and their various requirements for sleep.

Each of us requires a different amount of sleep. Each of us also has a different internal clock. Biologically, we are programmed to be morning people or night owls. The combination makes us who we are.

2/19/14

Variability in Surgical Costs - Bill Goes Viral

This article features a patient that posted their $55K appendectomy surgery bill online, and it makes some very interesting points.

The University of California San Francisco researchers set out to find out how much an appendectomy cost in California. The price varied from $1,529 to $182,955. 

2/13/14

Re-Injury Stats After Employees Return-to-Work

I found this article very interesting on Return-to-Work (RTW) in the workers' compensation environment. Most would agree that the goal is to get employees back to work at pre-injury status or maximum improvement (MMI). Easier said than done however, and there are varying levels of success.

2/5/14

The Doctor Shortage & Surgical Care

There is a looming crisis in access to care as noted in this article. All of the numbers point the same way. More people are getting coverage. More doctors are retiring. Medicaid patients are already having trouble finding care. Medicare and work comp are next. Accessing care is huge concern for many of the payers I speak to. They know what is coming.

1/21/14

Traditional Hospitals Believed to Become Obsolete?

This study shows that many people believe traditional hospitals will be obsolete in the near future. I’ve thought this for a long time. Traditional hospitals have an obsolete method of performing healthcare. Centralized, bureaucratic, overpriced, non-competitive, and full of sick people with open surgical wounds. The list of issues is endless.

1/15/14

Medicare Starts to Enforce MSA Allocations

Years ago, the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) discovered in an audit $48 million they had paid out for treatment that had already been paid for in a settlement from another payer. Since then, a long process has been started by CMS to control these costs.

1/7/14

Medical Concierge Approach to Handling Claims

This article highlights issues the City of Ft Worth is having with their workers' comp Third Party Administration services. I never know what is true or not in the press, but some of the employees' comments imply there could be some real issues.

12/24/13

Training - The Hidden Risk to the Workers' Comp Industry

This article was published by Robert Wilson, at workerscompensation.com:
The article is based on data in Rising's Benchmarking Study.  It is well written, and the interpretation of the numbers is accurate.  The state of the union for training in workers’ compensation is scary.  Training is not funded or a priority in a vast majority of the claims operations.

12/18/13

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

I saw this article and thought it was great. I've outlined these thirteen things and have included my own thoughts.

1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

Fair or unfair, it just doesn't matter.  I actually have no idea why people waste their time thinking about it.  Why waste your time and energy on things you cannot control?  Life is life, and it isn't always fair.  One thing I've realized is that every gift can make me soft if I don't watch out and every challenge makes me stronger. Everything can be turned into a positive with the right attitude.