Article prepared by: Glenda Garrard, Jay Garrard and Linda Van Dillen. SB1160 addressed a wide-ranging array of issues in Workers’ Compensation, and was signed in 2016 by California Governor Jerry Brown; it addressed delays and denials of medical care for injured workers and contained reforms assuring the highest [...]

2019-09-03T16:06:13-05:00June 18th, 2018|

Opioid Limits on Prescribing – Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

  I don’t need to quote statistics on opioid misuse disorder to set the tone for this article.  That’s a good thing I guess; it must mean our overall awareness of the topic is current. When I first started talking about this topic at conferences, about 70% of my [...]

2019-09-03T16:07:36-05:00June 6th, 2018|

The True Impact of Case Management

  This week I have been working on CompAlliance’s re-accreditation for Utilization and Case Management, and as a result have been examining in detail our processes, protocols and procedures.  It made me think of an article I recently read on LinkedIn by someone who performs file reviews and analysis [...]

2019-09-03T16:09:28-05:00May 1st, 2018|

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 [...]

2019-09-03T16:13:10-05:00September 18th, 2017|

New Direction – Part 3 Drum Roll Please: The medication with the Lowest NNT for acute pain?

I believe if we took a poll of doctors, nurses, claims professionals, employers, and injured workers most would state their belief that opioids are stronger than other pain medications (NSAIDs or acetaminophen). Several organizations have reviewed the comparative effectiveness of oral pain medications.  In part 2 of this series, I [...]

2019-09-03T17:11:24-05:00January 19th, 2016|
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