“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

Imagination to Innovation: The Future of Medical Technologies

Paradigm − February 2, 2017 − filed under General

Predicting the future of medicine can often involve separating science fiction from practical achievement. Yet, over the past decades, medical and technological innovations have turned many dreams of better possibilities into realities. Recently, Paradigm Chief Medical Officer Michael Choo, M.D., conducted a webinar on exciting developments in research and technology that have the potential to… Learn More

Obesity’s Impact on Recovery from Injury

Paradigm − January 27, 2017 − filed under General

Dr. Ken Parsons, Margaret Aslakson and Kathy Metcalfe presented on obesity and injury recovery at the NWM Summit on Obesity. According to their research, over 70% of Americans are either overweight or exceed their ideal Body Mass Index (BMI). Anything from genetics to drug and alcohol use can impact weight, so causation can be difficult… Learn More