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Workplace Wellness

Get the Best From Older Workers

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on June 06, 2017

The workforce is definitely aging, and that can be great for employers. These workers typically are extremely loyal, dedicated to quality, and can serve as mentors to younger workers with less expertise and experience. To get the most benefit from older workers, companies need to make sure they stay safe and healthy. Understanding some of the unique factors involved in the aging process can help protect these workers, and make sure they get the most appropriate treatment when they are injured.

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OSP to Present at SIIA Conference

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on May 02, 2017

I am honored to join Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior VP for Medical Quality at Sedgwick, and Michael Coupland, CEO and Network Medical Director of Integrated Medical Case Solutions for a session at the Self Insurance Institute of America’s annual National Educational Conference & Expo in October. In the session, Medical Services on Demand: a Look at New Delivery Models, we will explore news ways to deliver medical care to injured workers as quickly as possible.

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Workers’ Compensation System Embraces Opioid Alternatives

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on March 31, 2017

The workers’ compensation system was among the first groups to identify and target opioid abuse among patients with chronic pain. Because workers’ compensation is administered on the state level, many legislative initiatives have been implemented within various states. One that has gained increasing attention of late is the use of prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs.

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Physical Therapists Take Aim at Opioid Epidemic..

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on March 22, 2017

The opioid epidemic has been one of the most disruptive conditions in the American healthcare system in decades. Statistics show more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, topping the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities as well as gun deaths. Many of the overdose deaths were attributed to opioids that were prescribed for chronic pain.

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PT Strategies for Best Outcomes of Low Back Pain

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on March 01, 2017

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most pervasive medical conditions in the U.S. An estimated one-quarter of American adults say they have experienced LBP for at least 1 day in the past 3 months; so it’s no wonder it is one of the most common ailments we see among the injured workers we treat.

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Look to PT to Avoid Creeping Catastrophic Claims

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on February 17, 2017

Functionality is key to helping injured workers with chronic pain. While that may seem obvious, that’s not the approach typically taken for these patients. Instead, payers, medical providers and others involved in a claim are often in lockstep on the need to identify and eliminate a single physical source of the pain — even when that may result in multiple surgeries, a myriad of additional medical procedures, addictive medications and, ironically, little to no relief from the pain.

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Automation and the World of Workers' Comp

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on January 20, 2017

Technology has been replacing workers ever since the Industrial Revolution. But today’s rapid-fire digital changes are making workers especially nervous. And for good reason. Robots and artificial intelligence (A.I.) are being “hired” by a growing number of companies.

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Are We Fulfilling Our Obligations to Injured Workers?

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on December 30, 2016

The workers’ compensation system here in the US has existed for more than a century. So how are we doing, after all that time? The US Department of Labor recently posed the question, “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?” They published their findings in an exhaustive report.  It is not flattering.

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