"I Wish I Would Have Known Then What I Know Now"
Contributed by: Duke Mills - President WorkComp Solutions, Inc.
“I wish I would have known then what I know now”
Typically, there’s never a happy ending after this statement, “Because, if I knew, I would have done things differently.”
So, after years of uncontrolled rants on workers’ compensation claim management, I think I’ve made a dent. We’ve created a checklist that identifies the leading indicators (predictive modeling) that produce adverse outcomes. Yes, these claims cost you a lot of money and time. Employers blame insurance companies, insurance companies blame employers and doctors’ blame everyone.
It’s not the cut finger or catastrophic injury, we get that right? It’s the soft tissue, neck or knee coupled with the employee who has a sense of entitlement, unhappy at work and has a long list of co-morbidity
issues. “Houston, we have a problem.” – crew of Apollo 13
The problem is, these injuries migrate through the adjuster system with no real sense of urgency and strategy to bring quick closure that will reduce the duration and cost of a claim. So let’s be more specific and use the Pareto Principle or 80/20 rule. It’s the 20% that’s driving 80% of the cost.
Can we agree the system is wrought with fraud, waste and abuse? If so, you can no longer rely on the treating physician, adjuster, pharmacist, injured worker and the cast of supporting vendors to keep the cost down. You have to take control by gathering the information to determine the characteristics of the type of injury, employee and treatment plans, have enough red flags that have historically led to adverse outcomes and delayed recovery.
Here’s a few to think about:
You get the idea. By shining light on this information with the adjuster you can develop strategies to mitigate or deny this claim.
Take it one step further and ask:
In summary, there’s a widening gap of talent in today’s workplace. The fundamental job of H.R. Professionals is prediction. It’s the ability to combine big data intelligence with gut instincts. Here’s your opportunity to scale up and lead. Let’s create the new normal, push back and refuse to let a broken system be our guide.
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