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The following blog feeds are recommended by CAAA members:

DePaolo's Work Comp World by David DePaolo: Thoughts and impressions on the work comp industry.

Managed Care Matters by Joseph Paduda: Joseph Paduda's weblog on managed care for group health, workers compensation & auto insurance, covering health care cost containment, health policy, health research, and medical news for insurers, employers, and healthcare providers.

Evidence Based by Michael Gavin: Michael Gavin, President of PRIUM, focuses on healthcare issues facing risk managers in the workers' compensation space and beyond. He places particular emphasis on the over-utilization of prescription drugs in the treatment of injured workers.

WorkersCompZONE by Julius Young

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WorkersCompZONE by Julius Young

  • 17-Jun-19

    GATHERING STEAM?

    GATHERING STEAM?
    2019 looks like a very modest year for workers’ comp legislation. I’ll give a snapshot of what’s in the hopper in my coming mid-year recap of 2019 California workers’ comp developments. But are there big changes on the horizon? After all, we are in in 2019, some seven years after the 2012 Jerry Brown reforms Read more...
  • 14-Jun-19

    REAL TIME

    REAL TIME
    The 2019 NBA finals were a disconcerting reminder of the dangers facing professional athletes. Raptors and Warriors were falling down and crashing into each other again and again. Big guys. Guys like Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. Could anyone say with a straight face that we should limit cumulative trauma claims? But most dramatically, we Read more...
  • 10-Jun-19

    ALLIED SIGNAL (WIGGS)

    ALLIED SIGNAL (WIGGS)
    Home health care is a dispute flashpoint in many cases involving significantly injured workers. But a June 2019 published California Court of Appeal decision from the 2nd DCA, Allied Signal v. WCAB (Wiggs) (see link at the bottom of this post) shows that to win on a home health issue, the courts will require that a Read more...

Managed Care Matters by Joseph Paduda

  • 11-Jun-19

    The Arrogance of Ignorance

    The Arrogance of Ignorance
    Your systems, savings, capabilities, and results are better than the competition. You know that because, well, it’s true. You’ve seen reports that show it’s true, been told that by your bosses, or some independent third party said so. I cannot … Continue reading The Arrogance of Ignorance
  • 07-Jun-19

    A reminder – work comp is a tiny part of medical care

    A reminder – work comp is a tiny part of medical care
    Work comp medical expenses total around $30 billion.  Total US medical expenses amount to $3.6 TRILLION. Clearly work comp is a minuscule part of the healthcare world; less than one percent. This matters because health care providers – doctors, therapists, … Continue reading A reminder – work comp is a tiny part of medical care
  • 05-Jun-19

    The Golden Rule, Part Two

    The Golden Rule, Part Two
    Back to the work comp services business… A while ago I wrote about how some buyers’ attitudes are a bit overbearing. I know, unusual for me to be rather subtle. The post itself generated a few comments; many more were … Continue reading The Golden Rule, Part Two

Evidence Based by Michael Gavin

  • 10-Jul-17

    Which Arm of the Trial Would You Pick?

    Which Arm of the Trial Would You Pick?
    For years, critics of opioid guidelines have argued that the absence of evidence on long term efficacy of opioids wasn't a sufficient reason to declare such long term use "medically unnecessary." Advocates of opioid therapy have been frustrated by the notion that because we didn't have a randomized clinical trial (RCT) showing the drugs to be helpful, we all assumed them to be harmful. While pract
  • 05-Jul-17

    Detox and Marshmallows: Dealing with Addiction

    Detox and Marshmallows: Dealing with Addiction
    On Monday, NPR's Morning Edition ran two pieces back-to-back that while ostensibly not intended to be related, nonetheless struck me as providing important insights into opioid misuse and abuse.  The first story (read and/or listen here) was about the potential perils of Do-It-Yourself detoxification from drugs of addiction. While there's plenty in this story for the schadenfreude crowd ("he
  • 21-Jun-17

    Will Opioids Kill the AHCA?

    Will Opioids Kill the AHCA?
    As a small group of Senators toil away in secrecy on an effort to recast a sixth of the American economy, one of the sticking points in the legislative negotiation is funding for the opioid crisis. While substantial cuts in Medicaid seem destined to make it into the bill in one form (a basic cut in funding) or another (a shift to state-level block grants), several Senators from both parties are lo

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