In medical news:

Harbor Health Systems, a One Call Care management company based out of Irvine, California, has released a controversial new whitepaper with an interesting premise: that early, aggressive (often surgical) intervention in the medical aspect of a workers’ compensation claim can lower claim and litigation costs overall. The paper, “Impact of Aggressive Care in Workers’ Compensation,” analyzed 1,162 claims between 2010 and 2012 involving either the knee, rotator cuff or carpal tunnel and compared results between early surgical intervention and care as determined by the Official Disability Guidelines. They found that early intervention resulted in: 1) a 13-20% drop in claim duration, 2) a 19-61% drop in indemnity cost and 3) a 7.2-16% reduction in litigation frequency.

Read the whitepaper here and Harbor Health’s press release here.

Read analysis from WorkCompCentral here.

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