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The Taming of the Skew By Dr. Laura Gardner, VP, Products, CLARA Analytics In the famous comedy by William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew," the main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, uncooperative shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio breaks down her resistance with various psychological torments, which make up the "taming" - until she finally becomes agreeable. An analogous challenge exists when using predictive analytics with healthcare data. Healthcare data can often seem quite stubborn, like Katherina. One of the main features of healthcare data that needs to be "tamed" is the "skew" of the data. In this article, we describe two types of skewness: the statistical skew, which impacts data analysis, and the operational skew, which impacts operational processes. The St... (more)

Cycle Time Is King

By Laura B. Gardner, Vice President, Products, CLARA analytics Workers’ compensation is essentially a collection of interrelated actions taken by the employer, payer, provider and injured worker in the service of the injured worker’s recovery and return to work. Putting the injured worker at the center of this activity is critical and discussed in the previous article in this series, Five Best Practices to Ensure the Injured Worker Comes First. But what is the best way to achieve our objective of getting injured workers rapidly back on track? What processes, tools and systems do... (more)

How to Attack the Opioid Crisis

By Jayant Lakshmikanthan, President, CLARA analytics and Fraser W. Gaspar, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, ReedGroup The vastness of the opioid crisis is all around us: 259 million opioid prescriptions are made every year. 91 Americans die every day of opioid overdose. Workplace costs of prescription opioid use are more than $25B, driven by lost earnings from premature death, reduced compensation or lost employment, and healthcare costs. It’s time to take action. As with any large-scale, complex phenomenon, there is no silver bullet to address this problem. A framework from the Johns H... (more)

In Opioid Guidelines We Trust?

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Three Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in Workers’ Compensation

By Dr. Laura Gardner, Vice President, Products, CLARA analytics Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of opioids in workers' compensation. Opioids are being prescribed for many conditions for which they were not originally intended. Efforts have begun across the U.S. to create opioid treatment guidelines, change medical practice patterns and curb the opioid epidemic. While much has been written recently about the unintended consequences of opioid use, such as how they increase pain sensitivity and level of disability and can lead to addiction, ... (more)