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…Read more
About: Linda VanDillen
Chief Communications Officer 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.
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As a Registered Nurse and mother, I always knew there was more to the practice of these professions than the rules, science, etc. As I was reading an article today, it really helped me to voice what it takes to be a nurse when addressing one of the most important epidemics of this time –…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
April 13, 2017 CompAlliance completed a mid-cycle monitoring review related to our URAC Case Management Accreditation on April 11, 2017. We received notification on Wednesday April 12, 2017 that our organization was considered compliant with the URAC mandatory standards for Case Management as of the date of the review. In their notification they documented: It…Read more
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