As our industry evolves and transforms, ReedGroup continues to be the go-to organization for absence management, data, and content. Our thought leadership and industry expertise extends beyond white papers to offer published articles, free webinars, videos, presentations – all of which are available on this page.
Compliance is among our top priorities, with our legal team closely monitoring changes across the US and its territories. Our recently updated white paper, ADA Compliance Guide: When Employers Must Provide Leave as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation, leads employers through leave as an accommodation with examples of interpreted court cases that explain “reasonable accommodation” as it relates to leaves of absence.
The ReedGroup Top 10 List of What to Do (or Not Do) When Managing Your Employee’s ADA and FMLA Leaves is a quick list of best practices, encouraging policies for better interaction between employers, management and employees.
If you’re looking to gain more knowledge or just want to stay current, our quarterly compliance webinars provide up-to-date information on leave of absence laws, regulations and cases employers are affected by country-wide.
We’ll be updating this page often with new resources. We stay on top of the industry so you can too.
WHITE PAPERS and RESEARCH DOCUMENTS
A Comparison of Functional Recovery Outcomes Among Bariatric Surgery Patients (Max Pumilia, Research Intern and Katie Zaidel, MEM Data Research Scientist ©2017 ReedGroup)
Obesity is a growing public health problem and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality risk for affected individuals. Bariatric surgery is recommended for severely obese patients when conservative treatments fail. Using a nationwide dataset of short-term disability (STD) cases linked to detailed medical claims data, we evaluated trends in bariatric surgery procedures through time and compared complication rates, disability duration, and medical costs between four common procedures. The prevalence of RYGB and lap band procedures declined, while the prevalence of sleeve gastrectomy procedures increased over this timeframe. By surgery, the complication rates, disability durations, and medical costs ranked as follows (lowest to highest): lap-band, sleeve gastrectomy, RYGB, and duodenal switch. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure resulted in fewer complications, faster healing times, and reduced medical costs.
Read the full white paper here.
Measuring Medical and Pharmaceutical Costs Along the Disability Continuum (Fraser Gaspar, PhD., Epidemiologist and Katie Zaidel, MEM Data Research Scientist ©2017 ReedGroup)
Disability-related absences impose a staggering $443 billion on private employers in the U.S. due to absence
and lost productivity costs each year (IBI, 2017). This estimate, however, does not include the health care cost
burden that is incurred during the disability episode. Since private employers provide health insurance for more
than half of the U.S. population and half of all medical and pharmacy payments are attributable to
approximately one-quarter of employees who had a disability-related absence, medical costs must be included
in the estimates of disability-related absence costs (Gifford, 2017; Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016).
New MDGuidelines Duration Views Whitepaper. Help Return People to Work and Health More Quickly (Fraser Gaspar, PhD., Epidemiologist, ©2017 ReedGroup)
ReedGroup has just launched MDGuidelines Duration Views, the highest-accuracy disability duration tool available, to help return people to work and health more quickly following disability leaves. Developed to estimate employees’ disability durations with higher accuracy and increased transparency, MDGuidelines Duration Views is built upon robust analytics, evidence from millions of real-world cases, expert medical opinions, and MDGuidelines’ robust population database. Through its increased accuracy, MDGuidelines Duration Views is designed to help providers set appropriate recovery goals for returning people to normal living and optimize the use of healthcare services.
Find the full white paper that includes the detailed methodology involved in MDGuidelines Duration Views here.
Clearing the Haze: How State Marijuana Laws Impact Leave and Disability (Megan G. Holstein, Esq., Vice President of Compliance; with contributing editors Sheri Pullen, Compliance Analyst, Ashlee Brennan, Esq., Compliance Attorney, and Lori Welty, Esq., Compliance Attorney)
Looking for clarity about state medical marijuana laws and their effect on STD and LTD? ReedGroup’s latest white paper, Clearing the Haze: How State Marijuana Laws Impact Leave and Disability, offers guidance for addressing company policies and plans. In it we cover the background of state medical marijuana laws and the position of the federal government, considerations for disability plan administration, allowing or excluding use, interaction with Workers’ Compensation, return-to-work, and more. Learn through tips, an Accommodation Analysis Checklist, and sample cases by state.
Start addressing your company’s policies today. Find our white paper here.
This content was originally presented as a DMEC webinar on October 13th, and may be viewed here.
ADA Compliance Guidance: When Employers Must Provide Leave as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation (Updated by Megan Holstein, Esq. and Lori Welty, Esq., 2016)
A comprehensive overview covering the guidance available from the EEOC, courts, and other sources regarding leave as an accommodation. Gives examples of actual court cases with interpretation – serving as a resource for employers to develop a clear understand of the definition of “reasonable accommodation” in the context of leaves of absence. Easy-to-use accommodation request and assessment forms, as well as a guide to the interactive process, are included at the end of the document.
As Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other risk-bearing providers, payers and employers embrace a more holistic, long-term health approach for their workforce, the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and analytics by health care professionals provides a safer and more efficient way to return patients to their active lives and maintain workplace productivity.
Preventive Care for Employers-State and Municipal Paid Sick and Safe Leave Laws (By Megan Holstein, Esq. and Lori Welty, Esq., 2015)
Helping employers stay on top of the trend in leave of absence legislation regarding paid sick and safe leave. Includes a chart comparing each state and major city’s paid sick and safe leave laws. Updates to this topic may be found in LeaveAdvisor™
The top 5 for ADA and the top 5 for FMLA are lined up for easy reference, with dated citations for every point.
Baby Bump Whitepaper (By Lori Welty, J.D., Megan Holstein, J.D. and Martha J. Cardi, J.D., 2015)
A guide for employers navigating one of the most complex leave and employment issues: pregnancy. It covers the three key phases during the employee’s experience for which they may request time off and accommodations:
- Phase 1: Pregnancy and birth (including prenatal care, disability, accrued paid time off, nondiscrimination, accommodation obligations)
- Phase 2: Bonding
- Phase 3: Lactation (nursing or expressing milk)
Charts outlining state leave benefits are included.
Updates to this topic may be found in LeaveAdvisor™
Calculating Hard Dollar Returns on RTW Case Management (uploaded July, 2014; article on datacare.com)
Quantifiable metrics measure the savings gained from returning an employee to work more quickly. A sample return-to-work spreadsheet shows how to calculate RTW savings, as well as the ROI.
ICD-10-CM is the World Health Organization’s diagnosis coding system’s US clinical modification, implemented on October 1, 2015. In this document, the new system is broken down, point by point.
- Check back soon for upcoming webinars
- MDGuidelines Webinar: “Managing Mental Health in the Workplace” (November 1, 2018) Click here for video recording
- Compliance Webinar: Quarterly Review (July 19, 2018) Click here for video recording
- MDGuidelines Webinar: “Workers’ Perceptions toward Mental Disorders” (July 11, 2018) Click here for video recording
- MDGuidelines Webinar: “The Medical Cost Burden of Disability” (May 17, 2018) Click here for video recording
- Compliance Webinar: Quarterly Review (February 27, 2018) Click here for video recording
- MDGuidelines Webinar: Opioid Prescriptions Versus ACOEM’s Recommendations Webinar (November 8, 2017) Click here for video recording
- Compliance Webinar: Quarterly Review (November 29, 2017) Click here for video recording
- MDGuidelines Webinar: Recurrent Disability (September 2017) Click here for video recording
- Compliance Webinar: Quarterly Review (August 2017) Click here for video recording
- Compliance Webinar: Quarterly Review (May 2017) Click here for video recording
- The New ERISA Regulations for Disability Claims and Appeals (April 2017) Click here for audio – Click here for presentation
Anatomy of an Evidence-Based Guideline
What actually goes into making the gold standard in evidence-based practice guidelines? From in depth review processes to robust clinical research, MDGuidelines offers the industry’s most trusted guidelines. Watch our quick, animated video to learn how we make guidelines you can trust.
Check out our other videos on the YouTube ReedGroup Channel:
Inappropriate Opioids, Adverse Outcomes, and IT Solutions (Drs. Kurt Hegmann and Roman Kownacki ©2018)
The use of evidence-based opioid guidelines is a recommended tool for combating the current opioid epidemic. In this presentation at HIMSS18, health IT solutions including risk screening tools, prescription drug monitoring programs, and drug formularies based on ACOEM’s opioid prescribing guidelines are discussed. Click here to view PowerPoint presentation
Integrated Evidence-Based Decision Tools within an EHR (Drs. Kurt Hegmann and Steve Wiesner ©2018)
The healthcare industry recognizes the critical role that evidence-based medicine plays in improving health outcomes and lowering costs. In this presentation at HIMSS18, Kaiser Permanente’s integration of MDGuidelines tools at the point-of-care are discussed. In addition, results are presented on tool usage and improved patient outcomes. Click here to view PowerPoint presentation
“The Post-Election Future of Absence Management” by Kevin Curry, ReedGroup, April 1 2017 – Kevin Curry, National Practice Leader presented on policy changes and predictions relating to key absence management focus areas at the DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference in Minneapolis. Curry’s presentation helped employers wade through potential policy changes at a state and federal level. Click here to view presentation
(“The Missing Link: Measuring Medical and Pharmaceutical Costs Along the Disability Continuum” by Kevin Curry, Fraser Gaspar, Katie Zaidel and Kaiser Permanente’s Martha Garcia, March 28, 2017) Research findings and methodology from a 10-month study revealing that companies can save approximately $6 billion a year in “avoidable medical costs” associated with disability claims, pointing to dramatic cost savings for employers, payers and providers. Click here to view the presentation
Understanding the relationship between medical spending and disability durations (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, by Katie Zaidel, Data Research Scientist, ReedGroup, July 2018)
Improving health outcomes and reducing costs with ACOEM’s opioid guidelines (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, by Fraser Gaspar, Epidemiologist, ReedGroup, October 2017)
Unwarranted variations in care account for $210 billion of the $750 billion in wasted care each year, leaving stakeholders across the board looking for ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs for the various populations they serve.
Beyond the Patient Portal: Drive Patient Engagement Through Data-Driven Point-of-Care Technology (Health IT Outcomes, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, June 2017)
Ground-breaking research in the area of medical costs associated with disability episodes points to dramatic cost savings for employers, payers and providers.
It’s About Time – Value-Based Care Comes to Workers’ Compensation (WorkCompWire, by Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs, MDGuidelines, Reed Group, Feb 2017)