Psychosocial Issues in Catastrophic Injuries: Managing the Risks and Challenges

Paradigm − May 16, 2017 − filed under Events

If not actively addressed, the psychosocial challenges that accompany traumatic work-related injuries can interfere with recovery. Participants in Paradigm Outcomes’ recent webinar learned how case management teams can assess and intervene to mitigate the negative impact of these issues on injured workers’ recovery and functional outcomes. Paradigm Chief Medical Officer Michael Choo, M.D. and Paradigm… Learn More

Paradigm Nurses Share Thoughts on Caring for Themselves and Others

Paradigm − May 12, 2017 − filed under General

For Nurses Week 2017 — Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit — we asked ten outstanding clinicians how they care for themselves and those around them: “With a couple of my patients, we take a walk. We talk and walk so I can see how they’re doing and moving.”  Amy Meltzer, RN – Paradigm… Learn More

“We Thought the Paradigm Nurse was an Angel Sent by God”

Paradigm − May 11, 2017 − filed under General

During Nurses Week and every week, nurses are highly valued at Paradigm: “A prospective new client asked for references from one of our injured workers. He and his wife wrote a very positive recommendation for us that included the sentence, ‘We thought the Paradigm nurse was an angel sent by God.’ I think that says… Learn More

Celebrating Our Nurses

Paradigm − May 9, 2017 − filed under General

Thoughts from Jo Carter, RN, BSN, CCM, Paradigm Outcomes’ vice president of network services. Nurses are the heart of Paradigm Outcomes. Our nurse case managers coordinate care and support the recovery of our injured workers while our directors of clinical services support the care management process and bring valuable expertise to every case. Each year,… Learn More

Mary Free Bed: An ACO for Catastrophic and Complex Injuries

Paradigm − − filed under General

By creating and coordinating partnerships with quality-driven care providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs) such as Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Michigan take responsibility of the complexities of medical care so injured workers can focus on getting better. Paradigm Outcomes, working specifically with workers’ compensation cases of a catastrophic and complex nature, is proud to… Learn More

Why is Value-Based Care in Workers’ Compensation Cases Important?

Paradigm − May 2, 2017 − filed under General

Value-based healthcare has proven effective in ensuring that patients receive the best quality of care. Although this innovative approach has been successfully implemented in healthcare settings throughout the U.S., injured workers being treated under workers’ compensation insurance are being left behind. Understanding value-based care and how it could help those in workers’ compensation cases may… Learn More

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Recognizing the Signs of Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury

Paradigm − April 18, 2017 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury, Burn Injury

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries pose challenging obstacles when it comes to correctly diagnosing and treating injured workers. Because they are less visible than other injuries, it is essential for medical teams to understand how to properly diagnose concussions and other types of TBI. Assessing Concussions and TBI According to Dr. Nancy Mann, medical director… Learn More

Opioid Detoxification: What to Expect

Paradigm − April 11, 2017 − filed under Chronic Pain

The possibility of addiction is a danger when opioids are incorporated into a long-term pain treatment plan. The result can be an urgent need for opioid detoxification. Dr. Steven Moskowitz, senior director of Paradigm Outcomes’ pain program, and Dr. Fernando Branco, medical director of Midwest Employers Casualty Company, recently shared some insights into which injured… Learn More

Workers’ Compensation: Early Claim Reserves for Best Case Scenarios

Paradigm − April 4, 2017 − filed under Complex Case Management

It’s challenging to determine appropriate amounts of ultimate liability reserves for the injured worker in catastrophic workers’ compensation cases. Although these types of cases, including spinal cord injury, severe brain injury, severe burns and severe trauma, constitute a small percentage of workers’ compensation cases, they make up about 20% of ultimate liability. How does this… Learn More

Catastrophic Injuries: Recovery Affects Everyone

Paradigm − February 7, 2017 − filed under General

The road to recovery from a catastrophic injury is long and arduous not only for injured workers but also for those who love and support them through the rehabilitation process. Experienced case managers know that recovery is a team effort. Managing everyone’s expectations and addressing the wide variety of emotions are essential components of a… Learn More