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 Medical Expertise

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

Kids’ Chance Annual Meeting Highlights

Paradigm − May 31, 2016 − filed under Kids' Chance of America

He looks like any bright-eyed college kid, with a big smile on his face and an air of optimism about him. He’s John Kulik, a senior at Bloomsburg University majoring in marketing, and he’s proud to tell you he’s made the Dean’s List. He’s also eager to tell you that none of this would have… Learn More

Celebrating 25 Years of Outcomes

Paradigm − May 25, 2016 − filed under Events

25 years ago, Nathan Cope, M.D., identified a troubling problem with the state of the healthcare system. Patients with catastrophic injuries were failing to receive the proper treatment to achieve the best outcomes. In his work with patients suffering from severe brain and spinal cord injuries, Dr. Cope noticed that medical risks rose as patients… Learn More

Paradigm’s Viewpoint on the New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Paradigm − May 17, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

When actress Wynona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting several years ago at a Saks Fifth Avenue store, it wasn’t just the items she snatched that got everyone’s attention. It was the eight different opioids they found in her purse. “Two months prior to that, I broke my arm in two places, and the doctor …… Learn More

Opioid Maintenance Treatment: A Different Take

Paradigm − May 10, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

The CDC’s recent release of national standards for prescription painkillers has prompted further debate about opioid addiction, including the effectiveness of opioid maintenance treatment (OMT). In this article, Paradigm Outcomes shares more about OMT, pain management and the benefits of treating the whole person. Opioid maintenance treatment, by definition, uses chronic prescription opioids to actually… Learn More

Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain: A Case Study

Paradigm − May 2, 2016 − filed under Chronic Pain

Well-designed functional restoration programs can improve a chronic pain patient’s long term health and significantly lower claim costs. However, not all injured workers are the same and not all programs are comparable. Functional restoration programs were groundbreaking the early 1990s because research showed that pain and function were able to be separated, meaning that even… Learn More