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Shift to ambulatory care centers seen lowering costs, improving outcomes

Shift to ambulatory care centers seen lowering costs, improving outcomes

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2018 Women to Watch: Andrea Buhl

Andrea Buhl is using her hands-on nursing background to help lead an emerging team of specialized nurse case managers for Sedgwick.

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The pathway to workplace injury healing and recovery

The pathway to workplace injury healing and recovery

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Real-life examples: Surgery nurse services are providing long-lasting benefits for patients

Rita, a 48-year-old patient, was preparing for outpatient surgery when surgery nurse, Paula, was assigned to support her case. Paula learned during their initial discussion that Rita had a heart attack at age 44, which raised concerns – pre-op cardiac testing had not yet been done for clearance, and this patient with heart attack history was scheduled for outpatient instead of inpatient surgery. Paula contacted the surgeon and he immediately scheduled testing with a cardiologist and changed the

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Telemedicine is a great option – but buyer be aware

Employers considering telemedicine as a treatment option for occupational injuries can anticipate its advantages, but should be aware of two important things:     Have an experienced clinician providing care direction. Some state regulations have not caught up with this innovative treatment option. Experienced guidelines-based guidance Telemedicine is a useful treatment option for minor occupational injuries. It is also very convenient for recheck appointments and final

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One millionth morphine equivalent dosage MED

In late 2011, a team of claims management and managed care leaders at Sedgwick met to identify how they could address the troubling rise in opioid prescriptions and morphine equivalent dosage (MED).  What followed was the development of a team of doctors, pharmacists and specially trained nurses engaged to educate prescribers and patients and to formulate weaning plans and identify alternative therapies for cases with adverse drug trends.  Through the efforts of this team, we have s

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Sedgwick’s unique surgery nurse solution - client bulletin

Sedgwick’s unique surgery nurse solution helps patients take steps to improve their recovery

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Sedgwick’s unique surgery nurse solution helps patients take steps to improve their recovery

Sedgwick’s unique surgery nurse solution helps patients take steps to improve their recovery

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Pink socks

When I think about how I connect the dots between my background in healthcare with my career in the insurance industry, my current role as a business leader and my passion about social responsibility, employee benefit models and taking care of people, the answer is pink socks. Yes, pink socks adorned with black mustaches. Allow me to explain. Empathy and caring have always been at my core. On my fifth birthday, I announced to my family that I would become a nurse. At age 15, I began working as

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How to curb compounds and related drug costs when the law is silent

My recent curbing compounding post outlined Texas’ regulatory response to the alarming rise in use and cost for compound prescription drugs and the legislation being put in place to curb compounding within the state. While this marks a continued positive trend toward improving quality and effectiveness in injured worker treatment, employers remain exposed to increasing compound drug spend in states that have not yet moved to address the issue through regulations. What can claims admini

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Pharmacist interns: Tomorrow’s occupational injury asset

Claims administrators have an invaluable opportunity to help future pharmacists understand the challenges regarding prescription drug use for occupational injuries. A pharmacist intern program, like the one we offer at Sedgwick, can provide excellent experiences for students to gain knowledge from an experienced team of pharmacists and physicians about the safety implications and personal impact of the pharmacy management process – firsthand insight they will carry into their future pharm

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Prescribed DUI: An alcohol-free danger

When it comes to getting the attention of the media and the public, not many things work better than an unfiltered, celebrity mugshot. When Tiger Woods was arrested on Memorial Day for driving under the influence, his mugshot and the story of his arrest became easy fodder for the media. The man once known for being unstoppable on the golf course was found in a stopped car, asleep in the early hours of the morning. While it is easy to assume that anyone arrested for a DUI with a rough looking m

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The basics of complex claims

Most workers’ compensation claims do not start out as complex. They become complex over time due to specific drivers that increase costs and duration. Being able to recognize and resolve these drivers at the right time will help reduce a claim’s likelihood of becoming complex. Read on to learn how to recognize risk factors and pick up some tips on how you can have greater impact in changing the trajectory of potentially complex claims. Litigation It is no secret that litigation is a key driver

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day was established in 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help reduce prescription drug risks and promote safety. According to the DEA, most prescription drug abusers report that they get their drugs from friends and family. Cleaning out old prescription drugs around the home or workplace reduces accidents, thefts, misuse and abuse of the drugs. Drug overdose is the l

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WCIRB of California requires reporting of all insured first aid claims beginning Jan. 1, 2017

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