About Linda VanDillen

Vice President of Communications and Quality at CompAlliance, passionate about the opioid crisis and the cost to society. Researching cost drivers in workers’ compensation and case management methods to mitigate these cost drivers. Working to improve outcomes for both the employer and the injured worker.

How Do We Keep Going As We Encounter What May Be Our Biggest Challenge?

I don’t know about you, but I am trying so hard to be brave. I put on my brave face and go out to exercise every day. I put on my brave face and try to focus on the work at hand each day, researching, communicating and developing resources [...]

2020-04-06T14:10:07-05:00April 6th, 2020|

One Nurse’s Path to #EachforEqual

Women and Opportunities in the '70s Thought I would take a break today from COVID-19. Because of our (rightful) preoccupation with COVID-19, we didn’t get to spend much time on the meaning of International Women’s Day 2020, on March 8 this year. This year’s theme was “I am Generation [...]

2020-03-26T12:50:54-05:00March 24th, 2020|

5 Best Practices to Look for when Considering the Services of a Workers’ Compensation Utilization Management / Utilization Review Provider

Utilization Management / Utilization Review (UM/UR) is an Effective Tool to Assure the Recovering Worker Receives the Most Appropriate Treatment, with a Goal of Return to Health and Function. CompAlliance believes there is a difference between a proactive Utilization Management approach and a reactive Utilization Review approach when facilitating [...]

2020-02-21T14:16:52-06:00March 18th, 2020|

Methods to Implement the Principles of Trauma-Informed Care through the Case Management Process – Part 3 in a series

In Part 2 of this series we talked about the The 3 “E’s”, 4 “R’s” and 6 Principles of Trauma Informed Care and their effect on the Trauma-informed Care Process. In this installment we will share how these principles could affect the Case Management Process.  As stated previously, they [...]

2020-02-23T20:13:38-06:00March 12th, 2020|

The 3 “E’s”, 4 “R’s” and 6 Principles of Trauma Informed Care – Part 2 in a series

In the first part of this series I discussed the research on the impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) on the ability of our Recovering Workers (RW) to actively participate and adhere to their treatment plan post-injury, and the need to begin to [...]

2020-02-21T12:44:27-06:00March 5th, 2020|

5 Best Practices to Consider When Evaluating a Medical Case Management Provider for your Employees

When Should You Use the Services of a Field-based Case Manager? Field-Based Case Management is the process of utilizing a Medical Case Manager to assist the claims professional with assuring appropriate, goal-directed, timely medical treatment and facilitating a consistent, progressive return to work program with the goal of an [...]

2020-02-21T13:51:27-06:00February 29th, 2020|

5 Best Practices when Considering Vocational Case Management for your Employees

WHEN THE RECOVERING WORKER IS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE JOB OF INJURY WITH THE EMPLOYER Even with the finest medical case management, on occasion a recovering worker’s post injury functional capabilities will prevent a return to their job of injury with the employer. When a return to work at [...]

2020-02-21T12:46:46-06:00February 24th, 2020|

5 Best Practices when Considering Alternative Transitional Duty for your Employees

Introduction to your Employee's Alternative Transitional Duty Program When an employee experiences injury, illness, or disability that causes him or her to lose time from work, he or she will likely interact with, at a minimum, medical practitioners and claims administrators. These professionals have their own specialized responsibilities and [...]

2020-02-17T07:50:04-06:00February 14th, 2020|

2020 is the Year for Trauma-Informed Care

Recently, I met two podiatrists that practice in New York and perform workers’ compensation IMEs along with their usual practice. They were down to visit one of my friends and play some golf in Florida. When they found out I worked in the workers’ compensation industry, they verbalized frustration [...]

2020-02-11T09:42:34-06:00February 11th, 2020|

France’s Approach to the Opioid Epidemic – Part 3 in a series

In 1987, Health Minister Michèle Barzach imposed the liberalization of syringe sales in France. For a long time, the struggle against HIV rested on this political measure alone. In Europe, buprenorphine for the treatment of opiate addiction was first registered in France and by the year 2000 was available [...]

2020-02-03T16:48:57-06:00February 10th, 2020|