In industry news:

Travelers recently reported a 30 percent reduction in the use of opioids among its more than 500,000 claimants since 2015. The company attributes the reduction to the use of its Early Severity Predictor model. The model identifies the likelihood that someone will develop chronic pain – a leading cause of opioid dependency. Travelers shares the Early Severity Predictor results with the injured employee’s physician to encourage the use of alternative therapies like physical therapy. Since January 2016, surgeries for the company’s workers compensation cases have fallen by 25 percent, and those who received alternative treatment methods recovered and returned to work 10 percent faster than those who did not.

Read more via WorkCompWire here.

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