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Work Comp Needs to Focus on Improving Value of Medical Treatment

By Greg Jones (Senior Editor)

Friday, March 20, 2015 | 14

OAKLAND, Calif. – Speakers at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute’s 51st annual Meeting of Members on Thursday stressed the importance of improving the value of health care provided to workers injured on the job, a proposition that requires as much attention to outcomes as it does trying to constrain costs. Dr. David Deitz, a health care consultant and former medical director for Liberty Mutual Insurance, said outcomes in workers’ compensation systems are poor compared to outcomes in group health. There is a lot of evidence suggesting the number of treatment...

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