• Linda Lane: Workers’ Comp Data Tells a Story: What Does It Say About the Providers Treating Your Injured Workers?

    Posted on 10.08.18

    Many workers’ compensation (WC) programs use provider networks to leverage economical rates among those providers who agree to participate in them. Traditionally, WC programs wanted networks that were broad and deep to ensure appropriate scope and access to care. However, provider listings have arguably grown too large, allowing almost any licensed physician to join, with more »

  • Linda Lane: The Holy Grail of Data Analytics: The Quest to Drive Better Outcomes

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    On the whole, the workers’ compensation industry remains focused on reducing costs at the unit level. For example, prominent tactics still include negotiating a discount on fee schedules and striving to achieve a certain percentage of bill review savings. As an industry, we are aggressively working to push down prices in various silos. We drive more »

  • Claims sector to face up to technological changes

    Posted on 03.22.18

    HOUSTON — Insurance claims professionals likely won’t be replaced by computers as new technology is introduced, but companies in the sector will need to embrace the changes to better perform their functions, a panel of experts said. Automation of claims at some level will free up time and resources for more complex cases that will more »

  • Innovations in Managed Care – Options for the Future

    Posted on 03.01.18

    On February 15, 2018, Linda Lane, president of Harbor Health Systems, moderated a panel on “Innovations in Managed Care – Options for the Future” for the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) – Southern California Chapter. The panel included the following participants (from left to right): Kevin Glennon, RN, Vice President of Clinical Programs, One more »

  • Health System Cuts Workers’ Comp With Best Docs

    Posted on 02.09.18

    Health systems can significantly reduce their workers’ compensation expenses by identifying and using high-performing physicians in medical networks, according to the experience of operators of one system in California, which saw overall claims costs reduced by almost 20%. The premise of the program is that if one begins with treatment rendered by top-performing physicians who more »

  • Adoption of Value-Based Care Continues

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    Adoption of Value-Based Care Continues Tying payment to outcomes will require a paradigm mindset shift in workers’ comp. By: Angela Childers | January 30, 2018 • 4 min read   Over the past decade, value-based care has been on the rise, and the trend toward tying patient results to compensation doesn’t appear to be fading. While in more »

  • New Research Shows Impact of Underlying Conditions on Workers’ Compensation Claims

    Posted on 12.21.16

    In this Property Casualty 360 article written by Linda Lane, president at Harbor Health Systems, she examines research findings that confirm the significant impact that comorbidities have on claims outcomes in workers’ compensation. Claims involving comorbidities are often associated with higher costs and increased duration, but the latest research from Harbor Health Systems undeniably demonstrates more »

  • Focus on Change: Advancing Workers’ Compensation Medical Management and Access to Care

    Posted on 10.26.15

    The 2015 Medical Directors Meeting combined frank and insightful discussions, new data on results in medical management and indemnity costs, and ideas for continuing to improve the system’s efficiency and patient outcomes. “I always look forward to our annual meeting because I get the opportunity to connect with some of the most forward-thinking individuals in more »

  • Social Media Insights for Workers’ Compensation Professionals

    Posted on 06.12.15

    While we’ve only been using social media actively for about a year now, we’ve found it has helped connect us with other industry professionals in order to discuss the trends and challenges being experienced currently within the marketplace. As a result, we’ve been able to engage in more meaningful dialogues and we’ve begun building a more »

  • MPNs Celebrate 10 Years: Tips on Improving MPNs in 2015

    Posted on 04.23.15

    With MPNs turning ten years old this year, it’s only fitting to take a step back and examine their effectiveness and what could be done to improve them moving forward. Recent regulatory enhancements have lowered costs for MPN implementation by more than $100,000 for large employers and the regulatory changes are working. Costs are lower more »