Super Spending: Caring for People Whose Needs are Greatest & Other Top News Tidbits

Telehealth Now Offered for CareGuard Members

Ametros has announced their partnership with Kura MD to offer online telehealth services to expedite access to medical care for workers’ compensation injuries. As part of its CareGuard professional administration service, Ametros is now offering its members the opportunity to virtually consult with a physician via a secure video consultation from a Smart Phone. Tablet or PC without having to leave their homes.



Broadspire’s Erica Fichter Named In Business Insurance 2017 Women to Watch

Business Insurance on Thursday announced the honorees for its 2017 Women to Watch awards.

Business Insurance started the Women to Watch awards program in 2006 to recognize women leaders doing outstanding work in risk management and commercial insurance.

This year, the publication expanded the program to include separate awards for nominees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Women to Watch EMEA winners were announced last week.



Alleviating the Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Process

The workers’ compensation and disability management process can be complicated for both employers and their workers. In this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Duke Wolpert talk about creating a seamless process with founder and President of Risk Acuity, LLC, Barry Thompson, a leader in workers compensation program improvement and cost containment.



Super Spending: Caring for People Whose Needs are Greatest

In the most recent edition of our report, Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use, we learned that nearly 0.3% of members in our analysis had annual medication costs at or greater than $50,000 in 2016, a 35% increase from 2014 when we last looked at this population in depth.

Statistically speaking, we’re all on a first-name basis with at least one person who relied on $50,000 or more worth of prescription medications last year. These are our relatives, our friends and our colleagues with complicated illnesses and special treatment needs. The population of people with extraordinarily high medications costs is becoming less rare at a very fast pace.



New Commercial Repayment Center Contractor on the Horizon; WCRC Contract Protested

A recent press release from the Performant Financial Corporation announced it has been awarded the Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) contract by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Barring a bid protest, we expect a transition to the new CRC contractor over the next few months (CGI Federal’s contract, the outgoing CRC contractor, appears to run through 1/8/2018).



Ladder Safety on the Job

Falls happen when you lose your balance. Standing on makeshift supports and using ladders incorrectly can cause you to fall. Using the wrong equipment for a task can also increase your chances of being hurt. Watch for hazards: Makeshift supports. Makeshift supports are never quite right for the job. If you stand on top of a trash can or chair instead of a stepstool or ladder, you increase your chances of falling and hurting yourself. You should never make a short ladder taller by putting something under the legs. And you should be careful not to overreach, which can shift your center of gravity and cause you to lose your balance.




Michael Stack - AmaxxAuthor Michael Stack, CEO 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 & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center. .



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