Nancy Grover has long experience in journalism, specializing in workers’ comp, disability and healthcare. Grover currently writes Workers’ Compensation Report, a national newsletter published 18 times per year. Grover is also a regular columnist for WorkCompCentral and has contributed an article to NCCI’s Annual Issues Report for the past five years.
Once an injured worker has low back pain, chances are pretty good he’ll have a recurrence. In fact, new research shows that after an acute episode of LBP, one-third of people will have another episode within a year; and the odds of a recurrence triples after two episodes. Those statistics are somewhat surprising, given that […]
The use of urine drug testing (UDT) for injured workers raises challenges and questions for workers’ compensation stakeholders. Who should be tested? How many tests are too many? Too few? How often should the tests be performed? And, perhaps most importantly, what — if any — action should be taken in response to test results? […]
Physical therapy can be one of the biggest cost drivers of a workers’ comp claim. In addition to the treatment itself are the expenses for travel and the employee’s time away from work. Onsite clinics can reduce the expenditures. They are cost-prohibitive for all but the largest companies, but many organizations are starting to turn […]
Pharmacogenetic testing (PGT) has the potential to help clinicians improve outcomes for injured workers and reduce costs for payers. While research showing the clinical value of PGT continues to grow rapidly, evidence of the return on investment in the workers’ comp space is just beginning to emerge. Practitioners can benefit from the technology without falling […]
Medical treatment guidelines, such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines, recommend urine drug testing (UDT) for monitoring injured workers who are prescribed opioids. Yet studies show that few physicians actually order the tests. There are a variety of concerns about UDT, including its […]