Program Review: 2019 Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers’ Comp Costs
The AMAXX book is A great resource to integrate and glean information for your business with money saving skills. The content application can assist law firms, consultants or even corporations. I received materials within the Proven 5 Step System to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs by 20-50% It is written by 2 experts on the content.
This training is easy to follow. To give you an abstract in review, it was learning with a home study approach that is a benefit by allowing you to master the concepts at your own pace. In the mailing, I recieved a colorful, sturdy binder with quick reference guide tabs to separate sections filled with vital knowledge presented by co-authors Rebecca Shafer and Michael Stack who are both Risk Consultants.
Before walking through the training outline, here is a summary of the additional documents in the workshop because these easy to reference resources are a valuable bonus. 2 Glossy Flyers have an appealing presentation much like an appealing informational poster. One is headlined, 13 Research Studies to Prove Value of Return-to-Work & Gain Stakeholder Buy-In. This document lists separate case studies and outcomes to speak as testimonials for the process. I really like #6 that is OSHA’s Safety Pays Program. But there is more to the additional accessories within this training.
Another leaflet from AMAXX is the glossy flyer with The 6-Step Process to Determine Workers’ Comp Injury Causation. This is a process with an example of Upper Limb Shoulder Tendinopathy, Impingement and Rotator Cuff Tears. The grid separates by research strong, weak and no evidence by occupational and non-occupational risk factors that can help build a grid of objective information to help properly determine causation. I want to go over the additional accessories in this training package next to quickly discusses the main theme of the training program.
The next two publications are a must read!
One is A short magazine style book entitled Workers’ Comp Mastery Training, How To Measure Workers’ Comp Success with 5 Critical Metrics. This is a guideline for measuring savings after revising practices using the methods outlined in the main course.
There is also another separate magazine style book named The Step-by-Step Process to Create an Elite Workers’ Comp Program. The evaluation, training and insight earned by better effort here means bringing business toward the 50% savings mark. If the expenditure is hundreds of thousands of dollars, that could more than pay someone to execute the plans a healthy yearly salary. It even covers hiring approaches to ensure getting the right individuals into positions available with a better outcome. Less turnover means less time and money retraining, so it helps to follow a tried and true process for prevention of lost revenue by hiring the best people for the job.
Now moving on from the extra accessories with the course to the main education. There were the 5 Steps organized into tabs for each step identified below in Topics of Interest.
Topics of Interest
- Step 1: outlines pillars or foundation to the process.
- Step 2: This section of the book explains prevention strategy. I once started a stretching and breathing warmup plan that invloved limbering up muscles before repetetive work. These tactics helped prevent problems such as carpal tunnel. At the time I was building boats, but the technique can be helpful in typing or physically demanding jobs such as bedside nursing. Prevention is worth implementing to reduce future costs. Training and education as well as tracking the inservice hours can help show compliance. When all measures to reduce work injuries fail, keeping compliant with policies in practice can help build safety and well-being. Safety committees ensure consistent improvement for workplace safety. These are required by OSHA and accrediting agencies.
- Step 3: Reporting and Procedures After Incidents are discussed thoroughly to explain managing post injury systems.
- Step 4: details Claims Management Best Practices, Treatment, the nursing process within work comp injuries: Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
- Step 5: Settlements are most successful implememting this step of Controlling Medical and Pharmacy Costs
- Entities involved include interdisciplinary teams, adjusters, the injured parties, durable medical equipment providers, pharmacies, surgical teams, ancillary disciplines, home health, skilled nursing, hospitals, risk management and other contracted consultants, safety and quality committees, human resources, the employer. Many members are active in the process of work comp claims. Hand Specialist, Lymphedema or Wound Care Specialty Occupational Therapists are diverse in their service and impact on work injury recovery.
Key Features Ideas I liked
- One great idea I had not thought of is a Catastrophic Care Consultant. Although the Ultimate Guide did not specify Legal Nurse Consultants performing this role, this is a perfect match for Consulting in a legal nurse business niche.
- Weekly meetings with IW are a superb idea. Claimants benefit and case management can be performed on a pre-planned basis in order to help facilitate the best outcome for all parties.
- Evaluation with metrics to keep track of actual results.
OSHA- The OSHA teams regulate safety with regard to workplace hazards. OSHA requires sharps containers are replaced and handled appropriately.
Americans With Disabilities Act-learning these concepts can help injured workers understand the law governing disability.
CMS-Centers for Medicare Services has many free trainings, for health care providers on all level and anyone curious to learn.
State and Federal Laws-cases adhere to a combination of regulations, disclaimer for your particular clients, an attorney would be needed to consult on unique case elements. How to locate attorneys, how to look at the laws related to your case.
Your Company Policies-Orientation and with revisions. Company policies outline the committee in charge of safety, work injury processes and documents needed for compliance. In any business, policies are revised to keep aligned with new laws and regulations in your industry.
Staying updated and spending the time to learn and ask questions about policy revisions, required training such as CPR renewal, resident rights and abuse prevention, infrction prevention, all of these are required for ongoing learning as well. When there are updates to state and federal law, there are subsequent updates to the company policies. This is especially true for larger corporations.
Social Security Disability-The Social Security Administration Office has relevant info at SSA.GOV
Worker Retraining Program-Employers may have their own or contract for worker retraining. When a worker cannot be repurposed in a business to do any job, companies sometimes will offer retraining to help attain more skills for another position within their capabilities. This can also entail a job coach to guide desicion making and preparation.
Vocational Rehabilitation-Building a care plan for employment recovery. When new skills are needed in order to work to best potential. Voc rehab also may give you a Job Specialist or other mentor to help prepare the care plan for an injured worker’s career.
Qualified Worker Retraining Program WIA
Workforce Investment Act-A federal program which can provide advocacy and sponsor needs of workers to return to a position that fits employee and employer needs. Applications are considered based on funds available and the job plan for each individial worker.
For instance, a pharmacy cashier may train in the workplace to be promoted to a Pharmacy Technician. The worker accepted into the program can also have the training period paid for by WIA funds, car insurance, child care, National Certification, books and tiution. One pro is the federally alotted money to pay for the WIA plans is a grant that does not have to be repaid.
While Occupational Therapy may sound like a mysterious branch of medicine, it is a vital component for health and wellness. OT professionals are licensed through their state of practice to help oversee and manage. OT work is poorly understood by the general public but has subspecialties that can also be essential for restoring and maintaining activities of daily living ability and tolerance.
PT service is a widely known aspect for recovery care in traumatic injury. Targeted exercises guided by this specialty can heal to optimal capabilties for injured workers.
It may not be immediately apparent what the Speech Therapy discipline can do for work injuries. Brain injuries can manifest cognitive or muscular difficulty with swallowing. The airway is the top of triage because without proper air exchange, the nerve cells needed for all bodily operations can quickly perish. Speech therapy can identify cognitive and physiological problems for swallowing and recommend different textures, consistensies of fouid like nectar, honey or pudding thick to prevent aspiration.
The skills of Speech Therapy can come in handy to prevent aspiration that is dangerous like choking and causes secondary pneumonia infections. Lung injuries and airway obstruction of any kind can be disastrous and expensive. Medications can also cause other side effects when dealing with pneumonia and place people at higher risk for falls. Countless breathing treatments, oxygen tubing to trip on, and a weakened state of having pneumonia can end up with a broken hip as well.
It may seem like a far fetch from coughing on water to a hip replacement surgery, but over the years it seems to be getting more common with elderly patients due to different body chemistry with processing medication. head injuries that cause cognitive or neurological trouble for swallowing. These cases of coughing after thin liquids could use the expertise of speech therapy.
Specialty Medical-Surgical Rehabilitation and other kinds of Nurses
This is an area I worked as charge nurse in a handful of facilities, and can be a valuable resource for the teaching needed to safely return to work. The nurse helps patients learn about the disease specific care for individuals who may have multiple comorbid conditions. Nurses in general can reconcile your medications and help build a care plan centered on health and wellness. There are a large number of different nursing sub-specialties, such as assisted level and home health can set apart skilled level nurses in another category. Hospital specialty nurses also have a wealth of input on surgical or other treatments, they also are advocates and teachers for injured workers. Whichever pocket of nursing, the profession creates continuity for people accross the lifespan.
This Ultimate Guide gets Nurse Becca Consulting full endorsement as a worthwhile investment for goal planning and a targeted approach to help curb the cost of work comp claims as well as assist injured people to rehabilitate and receive the needed medical care.
The value of learning this 5 Step process can vary depending on the sitiation. For a large hospital who spends x amount on work comp injuries each year, 20% can mean 6 figures in a year. That fully covers a generous salary of a designated professional to work within a corporation or subcontract to cover these needs.
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Conclusion and Benefits of this Book
The features and benefits of Your Ultimate Guide prevent delays in care for injured workers and employer expenses related to the work injury. Taking one action step each day to help reduce work injuries is a great call to action for this article. ComsiderEarn continuing education and understanding of practices that build community wellness. Read this book and let me know what you think in the comments!
States enacting gig work laws who incur higher operating cost for obtaining work status of employees who were formerly outside contractors or consultants. AB5 for California is an example. If the company wants to hire the freelancer who falls under the description outlined by the law, they stand to pay unemployment, worker comp, social security, and other benefits of being a W2 style employee. This can make it roughly 30% more expensive for those companies to operate. One way for business owners to offset that cost is to have a strategy to reduce their work comp cases by 20-50% to use the saved revenue in providing a safe workplace.