What Makes an Expert Catastrophic Injury Nurse and Case Manager?

Paradigm − August 30, 2016 − filed under Complex Case Management

Thoughts from Jo Carter, RN, BSN, CCM, Paradigm Outcomes’ vice president of network services. If asked to write a job description for a Paradigm Outcomes network manager focused on catastrophic injury, one would be challenged to explain everything needed to be successful in the position. Individuals in this role – which is complex and unique… Learn More

25 Faces of Paradigm: Stories Inspiring Patient-Centered Care for 25 Years

Paradigm − August 24, 2016 − filed under General

There are 36 Paradigm Outcomes employees celebrating a 5, 10, 15 or 20-year anniversary alongside the company’s 25th this year. All employees, whether here from the beginning or starting today, share a commitment to positive patient outcomes across the care continuum. Their dedication drives the organization as a whole. Throughout the year, Paradigm Outcomes will… Learn More

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Paradigm − August 9, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

In February 2015, our own Dr. Steven Moskowitz posted a blog on “Heroin: The Other Opioid.” Since then, the problem of heroin has become even more entangled with prescription opioid misuse and the epidemic still rages. Let’s take a look at the current state of prescription opioid use and misuse in medical treatment, and how… Learn More

Science vs. Pseudoscience Part 2 of 2: Buprenorphine Case Study

Steven Moskowitz, MD − August 2, 2016 − filed under General

In part one of our series we explored the meanings of science and pseudoscience and the risks of confusing one for the other. We are culturally predisposed to trust news of an advanced medical solution because we assume someone has verified the claim. And we’re naturally attracted to answers that are easy to understand and… Learn More

Science vs. Pseudoscience Part 1 of 2: Finding Medical Solutions

Steven Moskowitz, MD − July 26, 2016 − filed under General

Hardly a day goes by without a headline about a new medical solution. We are predisposed to believe the claims are valid due to our belief that there is some sort of editorial board that ensures accuracy. Unfortunately, there isn’t any supervision. And our desire for quick fixes and simple solutions makes us even more… Learn More

Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Person Move

Paradigm − July 19, 2016 − filed under Spinal Cord Injury

In 2010, at the age of 19, Ian Burkhart took a summer beach vacation. He dove into a wave in shallow water and sustained a severe spinal cord injury. Ian broke his neck and was paralyzed. For him and his family, as for so many others who suffer catastrophic injury, life was forever changed. Doctors… Learn More

The History of Opioids in the US

Paradigm − July 5, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

Some media sources report on opioid use, overuse and addiction in the United States as a new issue – a modern problem that’s a result of pharmaceutical mismanagement in the 21st century. While this is certainly a key part of the issue, it’s important to remember that issues around opioid use, misuse and abuse… Learn More

Medical Advancements to Watch in the Next 5 Years

Paradigm − June 21, 2016 − filed under General

Medical advancements are continually changing the face of healthcare and workers’ compensation industries. Here are five that we at Paradigm Outcomes think will have the most impact on the quality of care for injured workers over the next five years. Personalized treatment: The Precision Medical initiative launching this year has the capacity to revolutionize the… Learn More

Recently Approved Opioid Implant Comes with Big Risks

Paradigm − June 14, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the opioid Probuphine for the treatment of opioid dependence and opioid use disorder. The implanted buprenorphine delivery formulation consists of four matchstick-sized rods implanted under the skin for time-released dosages lasting six months. It is not an approved pain treatment. Advocates for the drug buprenorphine like it… Learn More

NCCI Annual Issues Symposium 2016 Recap

Paradigm − June 7, 2016 − filed under Events

Last month, Paradigm Outcomes attended the 2016 Annual Issues Symposium hosted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in Orlando, Florida. The event offered workers’ compensation carriers and reinsurers an overview of the industry through research and insider perspectives. Industry Change NCCI President and CEO Bill Donnell, CPCU, set the tone for the event… Learn More