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
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.
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- To come
- ReedGroup’s 2017 3rd Quarter Compliance Webinar (August 2017) Click here for video recording.
- ReedGroup’s 2017 2nd Quarter Compliance Webinar (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
- November, 30 10:00am (MST) – Quarterly Compliance Webinar: Keep Up With Leave Laws and get the latest developments on regulations and cases affecting US employers
- November 15, 12:00-1:15 CST – Best practices for using FMLA medical certification as a tool to deter FMLA misuse
- Clearing the Haze: How State Marijuana Laws Impact Leave and Disability (October 13, 2016)
- August Compliance Review Webinar (Q3 2016)
- May Compliance Review Webinar (Q2 2016)
- CFRA (California Family Rights Act)
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.
“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.
How Employers Can Best Manage Complex Leave Programs (ebn, by Kevin Curry, SVP Sales and Practice Leaders, ReedGroup, July 2017)
A Finance Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines (hfma, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, July 2017)
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)
Improve the Patient Recovery Journey by Using Duration Data and Predictive Modeling (Becker’s Health IT and CEO Review, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, June 2017)
Patient Advocacy: A Key Driver of Value-Based Care (WorkCompWire, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, March 2017)
WorkCompRecap: Avoidable Costs! (WorkCompWire, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, March 2017)
Report: Improved Return-to-Work Timing Could Save $6 Billion in health Care (workcompcentral, by Elaine Goodman, National March 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)
It’s What’s in Store for Employee Health Benefits/Worker’s Comp (ebn, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, January 2017)
Driving out Costly Clinical Variations in Care (Accountable Care News, by Joe Guerriero, June 2016)
Disparities in costs and inconsistencies in clinical processes can be alleviated with evidence-based, clinical guidelines, and recovery duration tables and analytics.
Advancing value-based goals with intelligent clinical decision support (HITLeadersandNews.com, by Joe Guerriero, April 2016, part one of three-part series)
Evidence-based guidelines and physiological duration tables are the key to returning individuals to health without wasting resources.
Maximizing financial performance with intelligent clinical decision support (HITLeadersandNews.com, by Joe Guerriero, April 2016, part two of three-part series)
Better management of patient health reduces overspending. This article shows that the more responsibility providers assume for the quality and cost of care, the more critical managing financial risk while improving health outcomes becomes.
Elevating the Patient Conversation with Intelligent Clinical Decision Support (HITLeadersandNews.com, by Joe Guerriero, May 2016, part three of three-part series)
Embracing the consumer experience lowers unplanned hospital readmissions and results in better patient outcomes and lower costs.
Engagement and Empowerment through Self Service (Benefits Quarterly, by Jason Endriss, Second Quarter, 2016)
Cost savings do not need to be at the expense of the employee experience. This article covers critical components of successful leave and disability self-service tools.
Evidence-based treatment drives benchmarking for continuous outcomes improvement (BeckersHospitalReview.com, by Joe Guerriero, May 2016)
An explanation of how costs are lowered when unnecessary variations in care are eliminated.
Making An Impact: How Evidence-Based Guidelines Drive Value-Based Success (HealthITOutcomes.com, by Joe Guerriero, March 2016)
The rise of ACOs is driving the need for more intelligent clinical decision support tools at the point of care. Both clinical and financial performance can be measured, and financial risks managed through support tools that fill in the informational gaps.
Improving outcomes with evidence-based guidelines at the point-of-care (BeckersHospitalReview.com, by Joe Guerriero, February 2016)
Eliminating unnecessary clinical care variations is key to successfully controlling costs and improving outcomes. This article covers: adhering to evidence-based protocols, enabling continuous quality improvement in clinical and financial performance, and getting a patient back to active living with evidence-based tools.