Chronic Pain Management: 3 Tips to Help Injured Workers Avoid Opioid Addiction

Jennifer mcgregor articleManaging chronic pain with today’s medical advancements can mean a very high risk of addiction to opioids, found in most prescription pain medications. In the US, use of opioids such as morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, all of which have a high potential for addiction, has grown in recent years. Of course, for many people, life without a pain management plan is simply not feasible. Given the necessity of pain management, here are a few ways you can work to prevent addiction.

 

 

Ask for Small Doses

 

Tell your doctor that you are worried about the risk of addiction down the road, and ask if it would be possible to receive small, frequent prescriptions. Possessing only a small amount at a time with no excess removes much of the temptation and possibility for misuse. You will want to ensure that you have just enough medication to last until the next refill, meaning you are far less likely to take more than you need.

 

 

Have a Trusted Loved One Hold Your Medication

 

If you simply do not trust yourself enough to stay on track with your dosage, have a spouse or a trusted loved one keep the medication in an undisclosed location that you’re not likely to find. They will need to accept the job of dispensing the proper dosage, keeping track of when you are allowed your next dose.

 

Having someone you trust dispense your pain medication can prevent addiction, overdose, and unintentional mixing of substances. However, it is important that you are upfront with your loved one, fully disclosing the responsibility of their task.

 

 

Seek Alternative Treatments

 

For some chronic pain, it is possible to remove pharmaceuticals from the equation. Instead, you may want to test some up and coming alternative methods for pain management. A few popular options are exercise, reconfigured diet, and herbal remedies.

 

Yoga is an ideal way to start using exercise to treat chronic pain. It focuses on both strength and flexibility for the entire body while including the added benefit of meditative practice. Exercise can work against chronic pain by strengthening muscles and joints while aiding the nervous system in relaxing, thereby preventing flare-ups.

 

Diet also has a huge role to play in pain management. Inflammation is often the cause of chronic pain, meaning by incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods, you can reduce your pain. A few examples of these foods might be salmon, dark, leafy greens, bright peppers, and almonds.

 

Herbal remedies are also rising in popular treatment plans. Some herbs are a great, non-addictive way to reduce inflammation and dull pain. Some options might be turmeric, ginger, and Holy Basil tea, all readily available at the local grocery store.

 

Preventing addiction in those with chronic pain can be difficult, particularly if the chronic pain is not treatable with alternative options. If possible, weaning yourself from the pharmaceuticals is the best way to avoid addiction. However, when that is not a possibility, reach out to loved ones. Preventing addiction on your own can be difficult and having your loved ones nearby and aware of your situation is the best way to keep yourself honest. Also, keep in mind that addiction is not a guaranteed outcome. Plenty of people around the world take these medications on a long-term basis to treat their pain without it impacting their daily life. Though pain is not a sure-fire path to addiction, you should still be aware of and take steps to minimize your risks.

 

 

Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student at the University of Michigan. She helped create PublicHealthLibrary.org with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. Contact: jmcgreg@publichealthlibrary.org

Washington State Employer Fined $35K for Safety Violations

Washington State’s Grant County Public Utility District #2 has been fined $35,000 for five serious safety violations following an explosion at its Priest Rapids Dam in Beverly. Six workers were hospitalized with very serious electrical burns from the incident last October.

 

Under supervision, the workers were troubleshooting a mechanical problem with a generator. The workers did not know that a circuit had been re-energized when they closed a breaker, which caused the high-voltage electrical arc flash explosion.

 

An investigation by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) concluded that the arc flash could have been prevented if the employer had ensured the use of safety locks and safeguards to prevent the breaker from being closed when other parts of the circuit were energized.

 

L&I cited the utility district for five serious violations, each with the maximum penalty of $7,000. The investigation found that:

 

  • The employer did not ensure the use of lock-out/tag-out safety devices to prevent inadvertently closing a breaker that could cause an arc flash.
  • Employees were not briefed on the circuit conditions that affected them and exposed them to risk of arc flash burns and electrocution.
  • Employees were not aware that the lock-out/tag-out devices had been removed from the circuit.
  • One worker was not wearing fire-resistant clothing while working on the hydro-electric equipment.
  • The employer did not provide any records to show it was in compliance with the state regulation on protecting workers from injury due to hazardous energy.

 

The utility district was given 15 days to appeal the citation.

 

Penalty money paid as a result of a citation is placed in the workers comp supplemental pension fund, helping workers and families of those who have died on the job.

 

 

 

 

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Stopping the Opioid Drug Epidemic In Workers’ Compensation

pillsThe opioid-based drug epidemic is causing havoc across the United States.  It is also leading to increased costs in workers’ compensation programs and is a main driver in negative patient outcomes in our healthcare system.

 

The cost of this epidemic affects not only injured workers, but also employers and their bottom line. In fact, at least $60 billion is lost every year due to decreased productivity. It was reported in the 2015 Express Scripts Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report the average cost to workers’ compensation payers per opioid prescription in 2015 was $154.66

 

The stakes are high.  Now is the time to take action.

 

 

Treating Chronic Pain in the United States

 

The term “chronic pain” can have different meanings to patients, caregivers and prescribers. This has resulted in a common misunderstanding of what type of pain meets this definition and how to best treat it.

 

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than 12 weeks following an injury. This pain can be the result of any type of incident and the level of severity is subjective and unique to the individual. For many years, the primary goal of therapy was to relieve pain and there was an emphasis on escalating doses of opioid-based medications as a mainstay of treatment. This has led to an over-use of opioid-based medications to treat pain beyond the recommend acute phase of care, often without a documented improvement in the patient’s function. Notably, roughly 6,600 people in the United States become addicted to medications intended to treat chronic pain every year.

 

In late 2015, the Obama Administration took steps to address this pressing issue. It was suggested that the medical community take a fresh approach to treating people suffering from pain, including individuals receiving care following work-related injuries. This approach includes both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods to address pain, as well as a specific focus on guidance for prescribing opioids. An additional focus of this new approach included the use of medication-assisted treatment to avoid dependency issues if use of opioids becomes problematic.

 

 

Team Efforts in Combatting Opioid-Based Drug Abuse

 

Everyone involved in the treatment of patients in pain has a role when it comes to battling the “legal” drug epidemic in the United States.

 

Prescribers: The focus of all medical care and treatment should be on improving the patient’s functional ability post-injury. This includes the establishment of pain-management goals and promoting healing and the avoidance of merely masking pain. This is a delicate balance that must be struck to ensure adequate pain relief for the patient, yet not promoting reliance on opioid analgesics.

 

Payers/Employers: There has been a concern within the insurance industry regarding the reliance on Schedule II and III controlled substances for pain relief. Members of the claim management team play an important role as they monitor medical claims and urge compliance with applicable workers’ compensation treatment parameters. They should also ensure that claimants are receiving the care they need, including nonpharmacologic therapy. They should also address the issue of possible abuse as it arises and provide treatment where necessary.

 

 

Solutions to Avoid Abuse

 

In order to address the opioid abuse epidemic in this country, it is recommended that payer organizations partner with a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to monitor opioid utilization and detect potential instances of abuse among a patient population. Through a PBM, proactive prescription monitoring is enhanced through various comprehensive tools and triggers at the pharmacy. Your PBM should offer multiple point-of-sale programs that detect opioid utilization and allow payers to make real-time decisions on whether patients can obtain opioid medications from the pharmacist based on various criteria. Solutions to detect fraud, waste and abuse, as well as educational outreach to physicians and patients are also critical components.

 

It is also recommended that prescribers and pharmacies leverage the data found in prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) prior to prescribing opioids. Prescribers should perform appropriate risk screening for substance abuse and use opioid contracts with clear expectations for prescribing opioids and urine drug testing.

 

 

Conclusions

 

The battle against the abuse of opioid-based prescription medications needs to be taken seriously. Failing to do so impacts injured workers and their employers. Interested parties need to take a proactive approach and seek out unique tools to reduce negative outcomes due to opioids in workers’ compensation claims.

 

 

Author Michael Stack, Principal, COMPClub, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder of COMPClub, an exclusive member training program on workers compensation cost containment best practices. Through these platforms he is in the trenches on a working together with clients to implement and define best practices, which allows him to continuously be at the forefront of innovation and thought leadership in workers’ compensation cost containment. Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

 

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California’s DWC Releases 4th Edition of Comp Guide

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced the release of the fourth edition of the Physician’s Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers Compensation System.

 
This comprehensive guide helps physicians and other health care providers dispense optimal care to injured workers.

 

“The physician’s guide was last revised in 2001, and much has happened in the last 15 years,” said DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto. “The guide provides up-to-date information that will help practitioners apply the reforms set forth in SB 863.”

 

“Physician understanding of the workers compensation system is critical to helping deliver appropriate care to injured workers,” added DWC Acting Executive Medical Director Dr. Raymond Meister.

 

The manual contains 16 chapters, revising material from the third edition and providing new chapters on the following subjects:

 
• Parties to the System
• Benefits and Payments to Employees
• Reports and Timelines in the System
• Evidence-Based Medicine and the MTUS
• Utilization Review and IMR
• Physician Payment and the OMFS

 

The Physician’s Guide is intended as an educational and reference tool to supplement the reader’s professional experience.

 

While intended primarily for treating providers, others in the workers’ compensation community may also find the information helpful, particularly Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) and those preparing for the QME certification exam.

 

 

 

 

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Ohio Individuals Cited After Violating Comp Rules

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced that several individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers comp system in March. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID).

 
The following are a sampling of cases that resulted in guilty pleas or convictions during March:

 

Kevin Gruver (Elyria, Lorain County) pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers comp fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas March 16 for working while receiving benefits. SID began investigating Gruver after receiving an allegation indicating he had returned to work with Adecco while collecting benefits for a workplace injury. Investigators found that Gruver did return to work with Adecco and worked as a temporary employee for multiple companies, including Leggett and Platt, Wal-Mart, Pontoon First Energy Fieldglass, and 3M. This employment activity was inconsistent with Gruver’s receipt of temporary total disability benefits. Gruver was sentenced to 180 days in jail, suspended for two years of community control under the conditions that he maintain employment and pay restitution in the amount of $6,959.65.

 
Charles Bentley (Mentor, Lake County) pleaded guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of workers comp fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on March 10 for working while receiving benefits. SID began investigating after receiving an anonymous allegation stating Bentley had been working “under the table” for a landscaping company for three years. Bentley should not have been working at all as he was receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace injury. The investigation confirmed that Bentley returned to employment during the winter season as a snowplow truck driver while receiving temporary total disability benefits. Bentley had already paid the entire restitution in the amount of $22,125.60 to BWC. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, suspended for 90 days of community control.

 
Amato Zaccone Jr. (Hubbard, Trumbull County) pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers comp fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas March 10 for working while receiving benefits. SID began investigating Zaccone after a wage cross-match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicated he was working during the same time period he was receiving BWC benefits for a workplace injury. Investigators conducted field interviews and obtained financial records that confirmed Zaccone was working as a cook for McMenamy’s, LLC while receiving Temporary Total Disability. Zaccone was sentenced to 90 days in jail, suspended for one year of community control on the condition that he pay restitution in the amount of $1,045.20.

 

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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The Employers Secret to Workers Comp Defense: Attorney Ted Ronca Tribute

We recently learned some sad news that one of our long-time contributors to Workers’ Comp Roundup, Attorney Ted Ronca, has passed away due to health complications.  Ted was a wealth of knowledge in representing employers in workers’ compensation and a frequently used legal resource for questions and clarification by our primary blog writers, Michael Stack and Rebecca Shafer.

 

We pay a tribute to him with a compilation of some of this extensive writings. Because his library of articles is so large, and the information so valuable, we have broken it into 3 parts. Employers are recommended to use this information as a reference for workers’ compensation defense best practices.

 

Part 3 of 3:

 

Little Used Federal Laws Give Employer Disability Management Control

Employers interact with employee disability through a number of laws. Until now, there has been little attention focused on how to coordinate statutory compliance to achieve better overall results. Workers compensation, in particular, has operated with little or no coordination with other laws.

 

Three Critical Times Employers Should Seek Workers Compensation Advice

Work comp is a real time problem in progress. If you’re an employer, chances are you could use some, or much, advice. But advice often comes with an expiration date and, if not taken, will spoil faster than an open container of milk on July 4th weekend.

 

Employers Can Spot A Claim Months Before It Occurs

A witnessed, sudden, accident presents far fewer problems than a claim without a witness. Yet, many un-witnessed claims are quite real, stemming from long term degenerative conditions. Many of these claims are filed and flagged as highly suspicious.

 

3 Types of Medical Exams Employers Have Not Heard Of

Employers who are willing to make better use of claim tools already in existence around them can achieve precisely what they have been hoping, in vain, that their carriers will do for them. The tools are: Occupational Health and Safety Administration(OSHA) physical exam, Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) medical exams

 

The Employers Secret to Workers Comp Defense Lies in these Three Quotes

Three quotations are all an employer needs to understand handling difficult comp claims. Two are actual quotes, but the third – and best – was made up and appeared in a 1917 newspaper story.

 

Author: Attorney Theodore Ronca was a lawyer from Aquebogue, NY. He was a frequent writer and speaker, and represented employers in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, employee disability plans and subrogation for over 30 years.

Cal/OSHA Cites Employer for Violating Stop-Work Order

Cal/OSHA recently issued citations to DP Investments after the employer violated a stop-work order that was placed on scaffolding at a Santa Barbara construction site to prevent employees from being injured.

 
DP Investments was also cited April 6 for failure to report a workplace injury as required by law.

 

Cal/OSHA’s Van Nuys office opened an inspection last October after receiving a complaint about the worksite at 1816 State Street, where the Fiesta Inn and Suites were undergoing renovation.

 

Cal/OSHA’s inspector notified the employer, Dario Pini, that the scaffolding on one building put workers in danger of serious injuries as it lacked a ladder for safe access, a guardrail to prevent falls, and base plates to provide a firm foundation on the ground. The employer was informed that no one would be permitted to use the scaffolding until the hazards were corrected and that the stop order could only be removed by Cal/OSHA. Pini was also advised that removal or defiance of the stop-work order is prohibited by law.

 

A follow-up inspection revealed that the stop-work order had been removed from the scaffolding without permission and that employees had resumed working on the structure without any safety modifications. During the course of the investigation, Cal/OSHA became aware of an unreported injury at the State Street renovation site from late August 2015.

 

Carpenter Injured in Fall

 
A carpenter suffered multiple fractures after falling 11.5 feet onto a cement walkway outside the building when a window grate bolt was removed and the window grating swung open.

 

Cal/OSHA cited DP Investments for 12 workplace safety violations, including one willful serious for removing the stop-work order, with a proposed penalty of $54,000. Two serious citations, with penalties of $5,400 each, were issued because rooftop workers were exposed to falls as high as 18 feet without personal fall protection equipment, and the scaffold was not assembled under the direction of a qualified person.

 

Additional citations penalized DP Investment for its failure to provide employees with safe workplace practice information and lack of training for supervisory employees. A serious violation is cited when there is a realistic possibility that death or serious harm could result from the actual hazardous condition.

 

A willful violation is cited when the employer is aware of the law and violates it nevertheless, or when the employer is aware of the hazardous condition and takes no reasonable steps to address it. Cal/OSHA investigators filed the case with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office, citing the removal of the stop-work order as a criminal offense.

 

In March, the District Attorney’s office announced that Dario Pini entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to three years of probation.

 

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Defense In Depth On Work Comp Claims: Attorney Ted Ronca Tribute

We recently learned some sad news that one of our long-time contributors to Workers’ Comp Roundup, Attorney Ted Ronca, has passed away due to health complications.  Ted was a wealth of knowledge in representing employers in workers’ compensation and a frequently used legal resource for questions and clarification by our primary blog writers, Michael Stack and Rebecca Shafer.

 

We pay a tribute to him with a compilation of some of this extensive writings. Because his library of articles is so large, and the information so valuable, we have broken it into 3 parts. Employers are recommended to use this information as a reference for workers’ compensation defense best practices.

 

Part 2 of 3:

 

Deny Work Comp Claims From Disallowed Unemployment

Can a worker who files a claim for unemployment and loses because of a justifiable dismissal then file for workers comp? Yes. And it happens all the time. The danger for employers is that the existence of the unemployment claim is not automatically known to the carrier or the New York Workers Comp board, causing many comp claims that could be defeated to be allowed at great expense, ultimately, to the employer.

 

Investigating Work Comp Fraud: Concealed Working Off The Books

If an employer has, say, a hundred or more workers who are semi-skilled, sooner or later there will be a comp claim in which suspicion grows that the worker has healed but is working off the books. This is a common problem in large metropolitan areas where activity is more easily concealed.

 

Injured Worker’s Personal Problems Lead To Dangerous Workers Comp Claims

There are classes of comp claims that start as ordinary reports of injury but quickly turn into claims nightmares. Among these is the younger worker claim in which an otherwise healthy person develops an inexplicably complicated claim. An explanation that needs to be considered is “trouble at home leads to trouble at work”.

 

‘See Attached’ Is Best Way To Complete First Report of Injury

The employer’s first report of a possible accident can be a dangerous trap when dubious claims are being reported. This is due to the fact that first injury forms are not designed to capture the information necessary to make decisions which are critical in the first days following an accident report. The decisions can be triaged into categories: there has been a clearly compensable accident, there has not been a work related accident, there has been a report which requires further investigation. (The second, there has been no compensable accident, also requires further investigation to document reasons for an objection.)

 

Defense In Depth On Work Comp Claims: The Employer’s Role

“Defense in depth” is a principal from conflict theory which promotes using several defenses in coordination instead of seeing them as separate defenses to be used one at a time. Sometimes, the phrase “mutually supporting” is used. In work comp hearings, defense issues often are identified and documented but they are not processed so that the use in hearings is enhanced.

 

 

Author: Attorney Theodore Ronca was a lawyer from Aquebogue, NY. He was a frequent writer and speaker, and represented employers in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, employee disability plans and subrogation for over 30 years.

Florida Woman Arrested, Took Part in Comp Scheme

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently announced the arrest of Maira Chirinos, owner of Pompano Beach construction company Tocoa Builders Inc.

 
Chirinos is alleged to have misrepresented information regarding Tocoa Builder’s operations, employees and payroll when applying for a workers compensation policy. By doing so, Chirinos avoided at least $1.8 million in workers comp premium payments.

 
The Florida Department of Financial Services, which operates under the direction of CFO Atwater, began investigating Chirinos for violating a “stop work” order.

 

This initial investigation provided authorities with information that exposed Chirinos’ larger scheme of knowingly falsifying information to avoid paying for an adequate workers compensation policy. As a result, a second investigation was opened, led by the Department’s Bureau of Workers Compensation Compliance and Division of Insurance Fraud.

 

Defendant Lied in Obtaining Policy

 

Investigators discovered that Chirinos lied when obtaining a workers comp insurance policy from Madison Insurance Company to cover Tocoa Builders Inc. She did so by grossly under reporting the company’s payroll, number of employees, and day-to-day operations. During the dates represented on the policy paperwork, more than $11 million in payroll checkers were cashed, far more than the $76,000 that was reported.

 
Chirinos used a Broward County money service business to cash her company’s payroll checks; a common method of circumventing workers comp statutes. By misrepresenting the amount of Tocoa Builder’s payroll, employees and the businesses operations Chirinos was able to avoid more than $1.8 million in workers’ compensation premium dues.

 
Chirinos was arrested without incident and charged with workers comp premium fraud and grand theft, both of which are first degree felonies.
This case will be prosecuted by the Office of State Attorney Michael J. Satz of the 17th Judicial Circuit and if convicted, Chirinos faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

 

 

 

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: kstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Honoring David Depaolo’s Legacy

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“We, as an industry responsible to society, have some soul searching to do” – David Depaolo – Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

 

This was a quote out of one of David’s blogs written just a few days before his shocking, and untimely death.  In a few words it speaks to his mission of education, leadership, and strong voice in the workers’ compensation industry.

 

He wrote often about doing right, holding organizations and individuals to a high standard of integrity, and calling out those who failed to meet this standard.  He was not afraid to absorb some criticism to bring awareness for the common good.

 

We, as an industry, have lost a great leader. My personal reaction is one of absolutely shock.  I heard the news yesterday morning and over 24 hours later I still don’t think it has really sunk in.  I just can’t believe it. Becki Shafer called to tell me and I told her she must have the name mistaken as I was right in the middle of writing three tribute blogs to another great loss and frequent writer on our Workers Comp Roundup, Attorney Ted Ronca.   Dave Depaolo, no, that’s not right I said.  It was just two days before that I had shared a panel with Dave at the CCWC Conference in Anaheim, where he spoke of the future of our workers’ compensation and attracting the next generation of talent, among other observations spoken with the good of the industry at heart.

 

Becki and I talked how she thought originally the news must have been a joke, speaking to his light-hearted personality, and the fact we were all going to be getting together in Orlando in a few weeks; so this was the start of the ribbing she thought, “Dave Depaolo Dies Laughing At Bob Wilson’s Mistake”.  Unfortunately the news was tragic and sad, the loss of a 20 year friend and colleague is just hard to accept.

 

Everyone copes with grief and loss differently.  For me, I try to find some meaning that could be part of a bigger plan, and how to honor the individual’s legacy.  Maybe the lesson is the soul searching that David referred to last Wednesday. We so often speak of the different sides that are at odds in workers’ compensation; injured workers, payers, claims handlers, attorney’s, etc.  David’s accident is a harsh reminder that there is really only one side, the human side, and that none of us are immune to being involved in a serious accident.  Each accident that occurs affects the lives of individuals and the circle of people they touch, we need to treat these individuals, and the process, with the proper level of care and respect.

 

David Depaolo was a great leader and he stood for what is right in workers’ compensation.  I believe we need to honor his legacy by acting on his lessons. RIP David, you will be missed.

 

 

Author Michael Stack, Principal, COMPClub, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder of COMPClub, an exclusive member training program on workers compensation cost containment best practices. Through these platforms he is in the trenches on a working together with clients to implement and define best practices, which allows him to continuously be at the forefront of innovation and thought leadership in workers’ compensation cost containment. Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

 

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