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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).

Find the full white paper that includes the detailed methodology involved in this research view here.

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.

Delivering on the Promise of Healthier Populations (©2016)

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™

Top 10 List of What to Do (or Not Do) When Managing Your Employee’s FMLA and ADA Leaves (2015)

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/PCS Transition Fact Sheet  (©2014)

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.

Videos

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.


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.

PRESENTATIONS

2017 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference 

“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

IBI 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.

Articles

How Employers Can Best Manage Complex Leave Programs (ebn, by Kevin Curry, SVP Sales and Practice Leaders, ReedGroup, July 2017)

According to the results of the 2016 Disability Management Employer Coalition Employer Leave Management Survey, 22% of the more than 1,000 businesses surveyed reported that “keeping up with new federal, state and/or municipal/county laws,” was their organization’s top challenge, rating it as “extremely difficult.” That’s up from 15% in 2015.

 

A Finance Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines (hfma, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, July 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)

Despite industry emphasis on patient engagement in recent years and research showing its association with better outcomes and lower costs, engagement continues to be a challenge to many providers.

 

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)

A total care journey that emphasizes a safe, but prompt recovery from an illness or injury can result in numerous positive outcomes.

However, hospitals and health system often lack the time, data and tools at the point-of-care to easily design the tailored, phased treatment plans needed to return patients to the activities they love quickly and safely – at the optimal time.

 

Patient Advocacy: A Key Driver of Value-Based Care (WorkCompWire, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, March 2017)

The value-based care conversation has finally made its way to the Worker’s Compensation landscape, and stakeholders are Investigating new models aimed at improving outcomes and lowering costs.

 

WorkCompRecap: Avoidable Costs! (WorkCompWire, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, March 2017)

ReedGroup’s new research found that companies can save approximately $6 billion a year in “avoidable medical costs” associated with disability claims among the 55 million U.S. workers with short-term disability benefits.

 

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)

With the total annual cost of lost productivity attributable to health-related conditions exceeding $225 billion in the United States, employers are looking for ways to get the best medical results at the best prices for injured workers.

 

Rethinking Return-to-Work (workcompcentral, by Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs, MDGuidelines, Reed Group, January 2017)

If there were a proven way to help injured workers return to health quickly and safely, wouldn’t it be in everyone’s best interest to make it a treatment protocol?

 

The healthcare industry trend that won’t change with Trump administration (Manage Healthcare Executive, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, January 2017)

The healthcare industry is abuzz with predictions about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As stakeholders anxiously await the impact of a Trump administration agenda, there is at least one safe bet that all can make: value-based care is here to stay.

 

Steady Sailing for the Future of Value-Based Care under Trump Administration (HIS talk, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, January 2017)

Changes are coming for healthcare reform—that is a certainty under President-elect Trump’s incoming administration. However, while some aspects of current legislation may be in question, the future of value-based care remains secure.

 

Making Value-Based Care Work  (EHS Today, by Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs, MDGuidelines, Reed Group, January 2017)

Occupational physicians can and should use evidence-based care to improve outcomes for employees while reducing risk and costs for employers.

It’s What’s in Store for Employee Health Benefits/Worker’s Comp (ebn, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, January 2017)

The stakes are high for healthcare as 2017 ushers in a new administration under President Trump. As the industry waits for the dust to settle around coming changes, employee benefit and worker’s comp professionals can count on one thing: the momentum powering value-based care will continue unhindered.

 

Evidence-based Clinical Decision Support: The most effective way to improve health and financial outcomes for employee and commercial populations (hfma, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, January 2017)

Armed with evidence-based clinical decision support tools and analytics at the point of care, health care providers can play a pivotal role in improving the health of patient populations and achieving positive financial outcomes in the delivery of health care.

 

ACO Growth Indicates Expanding Need For Evidence-Based Decision Support Tool (Health IT Outcomes, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, December 2016)

If the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) Fall Conference is any indication of the growth of the value-based care movement, then one fact is certain: it is not slowing down any time soon. The first NAACOS conference in 2012 had 123 attendees; 2016 had 670.

 

Two ways to prevent over utilization (Managed Healthcare Executive, by Joe Guerriero, SVP MDGuidelines, ReedGroup, December 2016)

Given that it is attributed to $158 billion to $226 billion a year in costs to the healthcare system, preventing over utilization is a priority for every payer.

 

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.