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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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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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CompAlliance Completes URAC Mid-Cycle Monitoring Review

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…
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Penicillin, Pacemakers, Milk Duds & Alternative Transitional Duty

Sometimes, discoveries happen when we least expect them or processes evolve in ways we hadn't anticipated.  One case in point would be the invention of penicillin, and Pacemakers were a byproduct of research on hypothermia. Serendipity happens with all kinds of everyday products, too.  One of my personal favorite is Milk Duds - a candy maker…
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Medication Assisted Treatment vs. 12 Step – Is it only One or the Other?

April 10, 2017  Are you a proponent for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder?  Do you believe that a 12 Step Program should not incorporate MAT?  Is  addiction is a voluntary disorder in your opinion? There was a very interesting article posted today on MedScape for Nurses, titled "Opioid Crisis in America: Experts…
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April 7, 2017 How Do I Overcome with Community?

I was reading a blog post today by Mark Pew on Overcoming with Community . Mark talked about the isolation addicts usually are in while in the throes of their addiction. Mark advocated for all of us to be community for these troubled individuals. I believe in the positive benefits of community.  I too have spoken…
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CompAlliance Speaking at the Iowa Occupational Health Symposium April 20, 2017

CompAlliance is honored to be speaking at the Iowa Occupational Health Symposium on April 20, 2017.  Linda Van Dillen will be discussing issues related to opioids and marijuana in the workplace, and best practices to employ when designing a Drug Free Workplace. There are some really interesting sessions detailed in the full conference brochure.  We…
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April 5, 2017 Why is Heart Disease Presumed Compensable for Firefighters?

Over the past few years I have read about legislation in many states beginning to cover heart disease, heart attacks and hypertension.  I noted some states were more liberal in their interpretation than others.  For example in Florida, The Presumptive Disability Law for public officers states, Any condition or impairment of health of any Florida…
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Missouri PDMP Bill – Are we almost there yet?

According to the National Safety Council, Missouri’s legislature is again mired in debate over implementation of a proposed prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). As a past Missouri native, this reluctance to implement a PDMP is distressing. PDMPs are databases designed to track prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs. Every state but Missouri currently has…
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Why Use Clinical Practice Guidelines?

CompAlliance received a letter from a petitioner's attorney requesting we provide our rationale for utilizing the clinical practice guidelines we currently use as "the National Guideline Clearinghouse has withdrawn approval."  In addition, the "guidelines are neither dictated nor mandated in Illinois." To answer the second part of this attorney's question, CompAlliance is URAC accredited.  URAC…
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