Articles covering disability duration guidelines:
- AAOHN Journal Article on Benchmarking Medical Absence.
In the February 2005 issue of the AAOHN Journal, the feature article (offering CE Credit) is "Benchmarking Medical Absence: Measuring the Impact of Occupational Health Nursing". This article explores reasons occupational health nurses must benchmark, how to benchmark, and how to use the results.
Industry-standard benchmarking techniques featuring the Official Disability Guidelines database are
highlighted, including Grading RTW 101, Incidence and Prevalence Tracking, Outlier Rate, etc. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses requested the article because of the importance of benchmarking. First developed in working with Dr. Charles Prezzia (Gen. Mgr. Health Svcs. & Medical Dir. of U.S. Steel), these techniques are becoming an industry-framework. In addition to improving outcomes using ODG to manage treatment and return-to-work decisions, users can also benchmark performance retrospectively, to identify best practices.
Click above for the full article or click
here to link to the abstract in Medline.
- Evidence Based Disability Duration Guidelines.
From the Journal of Disability Medicine, Sept 2002, lead author Mohammed
Ranavaya, MD, MS, FFOM, FRCPI, FAADEP, CIME (President, American Board of
Independent Medical Examiners) addresses the migration to
"evidence-based" medicine from the perspective of the disability
specialist, and the lead role of Official Disability Guidelines.
(Page 11 of the Journal).
Based Duration Guidelines. From the Journal of Workers
Compensation, Summer 2001, lead author Charles Prezzia, MD, MPH, (General
Manager of Health Services and Corporate Medical Director, US Steel)
compares existing guidelines from ODG, Reed Group, and Milliman USA.
- Evidence Based
Return-to-Work. From CWCE Magazine (California Workers Comp
Enquirer), August 2001, author Linda Stutzman, RN, COHN/CM,
PCDM, LNC addresses the medical-legal implications of disability guidelines.
- Getting Workers Comp Costs Under Control.
From Risk & Insurance, March 3, 2003, co-authors Peter Rousmaniere and
Phil Denniston (Editor-in-Chief, Official Disability Guidelines)
address reasons for the variance across states in workers' compensation
|Respected professional publications recommend
Guidelines. Here's what they said:
"Cumulative, concise, unbiased data on lengths of disability for all
possible illnesses or injuries...By using ODG companies can easily:
- Compare their personnel's disability durations against others'
- Control workers' compensation claims and insurance costs
- Plan better budgets and increase
- American Medical Association
"Unlike Medical Disability Advisor, Work-Loss Data Institute surveyed
the entire population within the databases it used. ODG presents different but more concise and detailed figures for its disability duration
analysis. ODG comes the closest to meeting its stated
purpose and achieves a more valid presentation of the data. The author strongly
suggests that the reader purchase the Official Disability Guidelines..."
- Disability Eval & Rehab Review, National Association of Disability
"Official Disability Guidelines contains experience data from four
different government databases linked into one complete and easy-to-use reference."
- Safety and Health Magazine, National Safety Council
"Official Disability Guidelines has been greatly enhanced to
include new features that users have indicated are crucial in managing disabilities. Analyses of feedback from past experience data
has created a 'Best Practice' guideline for each ICD-9-CM.
ODG will continue to prove to be an indispensable resource to any organization for setting
standards for attendance and paid or unpaid
sick time, evaluating workers' compensation claims, managing overtime costs, reviewing and compensating
employees, reducing legal liability and
controlling insurance premiums."
- Risk Management Newsletter, American Society of Safety Engineers
"Official Disability Guidelines provides material for... reducing legal
liability, and controlling insurance premiums [and] contains features that users have indicated are crucial in managing
- Occupational Health and Safety
"Guidebook Pegs Lost Days. Official Disability Guidelines documents
lengths of disabilities for more than 10,000 conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to the common cold."
- Employee Benefit News
"Take advantage of big savings in the trend toward standardized policies
for disability leave. By adopting guidelines for the duration of specific illnesses and injuries, you can eliminate the inconsistencies that crop up
when physicians prescribe time off. Big business has caught on to the idea
and seen their costs drop. Now small businesses can also implement guidelines without costly disability management costs. [One of] your best
bets... Official Disability Guidelines."
- Business Briefings
"If one understands the caveats of interpreting the data presented in
Official Disability Guidelines and understands the particular job requirements of the individual in question,
Official Disability Guidelines
is the better buy [compared to Medical Disability
- Occupational Health Management
"Resource helps CMs [Case Managers] slash absenteeism...Four
separate government databases have been linked into one reference book [ODG] to help workers' compensation case managers make
determinations about reasonable lengths of time away from work for sickness or injuries.
ODG features such as a 'Best Practice' guideline for each ICD9 indicating strategies for managing a particular
disability. Each 'Best Practice' guideline recommends durations for each condition,
incorporating the pertinent job and treatment criteria, and calculates expected outcomes based on these criteria."
- Case Management Advisor
"Work-Loss Data Institute saw a need for such guidelines as corporate down-sizing has spread nationally during the past 5 to 6 years,
which has led to fewer staff members to handle larger workloads. This has increased the staff members' chances of occupational illness or injury while
making employee absenteeism and productivity crucial to a business's success or failure."
- OT Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association
"Official Disability Guidelines provides brief information on typical length of hospital
stays and recovery periods for just about every imaginable injury or ailment, and is less expensive [than other sources]."
- What's New in Benefits & Compensation
"Official Disability Guidelines includes a keyword index, which is organized
alphabetically by disease, condition, or injury. It gives the ICD-9-CM code and page number for a quick lookup in the main section."
- The Case Manager
"The report serves as a reference on lengths of disabilities and is designed
to help employers measure, manage, and motivate employee productivity."
- HR Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management
"ODG contains data from four government databases, linked into a single
- Risk and Insurance
"[Official Disability Guidelines is] designed to help measure, manage
and motivate employee productivity."
- Human Resource Executive