Recent Posts by Linda VanDillen

Julie Weir, Senior VP at CompAlliance Interviewed at the KS DOL Conference

CompAlliance is always honored to support and exhibit at the KS Department of Labor Conference every year. This year, Julie was interviewed at our booth and asked to describe the services we provide for the Midwest region. Here is a link to the interview. For more information about CompAlliance and our exciting expansion into the…
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Talking About the Opioid Epidemic

I am always honored when an organization asks me to speak on the Opioid Epidemic.  I am not a professional speaker by any means.  I don’t travel around the country speaking at conference after conference on this topic. I mainly speak at the regional or local level, with a sprinkling of national venues. My main…
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What did I learn from the Solar Eclipse today?

I usually only write about workers’ compensation topics and for sure, I NEVER get political on our company blog or twitter account. Today however, I am going to venture out of my comfort zone, and most likely I am going to stumble a bit as I try to express what is in my heart after listening…
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Case Managers and Applicant Attorneys – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The workers’ compensation industry gets a lot of bad raps about how we conduct our business. There are “exposés” by organizations talking about the injustices within the workers’ compensation system. I see law firm ads throughout the country stating “they are for the people” and will help you with your workers’ compensation case when you…
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Defining the Role of Case Manager as Patient Advocate

June 23, 2017 The role of nurses as patient advocates is well recognized by healthcare professionals and I believe is becoming more frequently recognized in the workers' compensation industry. However, I believe actually understanding the meaning of the role of advocate for the patient, or injured worker, is frequently misunderstood by all parties, including the nurse…
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URAC Is Seeking Comments on Proposed Revisions to Case Management Standards

June 13, 2017 As you may know, CompAlliance is URAC accredited for Case Management. I recently participated in a Case Management Advisory Group that reviewed the proposed revisions to the Case Management Standards. We met twice weekly from April through May. This was quite an undertaking and I do believe we were able to add clarification as…
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What Should an Adjuster Expect From Case Management

I just received my CMSA Today magazine (the magazine of the Case Management Society of America) and noticed the magazine this month was focused on the role Case Management plays in a variety of healthcare situations. It made me think about the role we as case managers play in workers’ compensation and what an adjuster…
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Nurses Can Do It

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. In honor of National Nurse’s Week, I thought I would reflect on  ome of the changes in nursing just since the 1970’s. That doesn’t sound so long ago, right? But there is a sea change in so many…
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Could Case Managers be Replaced by Robots

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance in Japan is about to replace claim adjusters with a software robot from IBM. The computer will scan hospital records and other documents to determine insurance payouts, factoring injuries, patient medical histories and procedures administered. Could that be the future of case management? Manufacturing jobs have been decimated by robots.  A…
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Rudeness Begets Rudeness

April 21, 2017 I was reading an article today in the New York Times titled, "Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients".  In this article they refer to a study on Rudeness and Medical Team Performance in a NICU.  The findings were interesting. Rudeness has robust, deleterious effects on the performance of medical teams. Moreover, exposure to…
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