Needless dis/ability and a flawed medical industry

Many of the challenges we face in workers’ compensation are the results of flawed processes and the wrong incentives – that drive certain behaviors – ultimately harming injured workers and society. There is a increasing awareness of need for change to a “biopsychosocial” approach for claims management. Highly recommend the new documentary “Escape File: The […]

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Living Aloha and Pono

On September 27, 2013, I was blessed with the opportunity to be the keynote conference for the Western Occupational Health Conference. I felt honored to serve in this role; it was also challenging. The following are my remarks. “`I am sharing you my perspectives of “Living Aloha and Pono” not as a Hawaiian (which obviously […]

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Physician Practice and Pono

On May 29, 2013, the Hawaii Prescription Drug Summit focused on the challenges Hawaii is facing with prescription drugs, particularly those associated with opioids and physician dispensing. Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters was the keynote speaker – he was fabulous, as always. I was asked to do the closing session, titled “Physician Practice and […]

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Unfit for Work – Startling Rise of Disability

National Public Radio is airing an excellent series on the epidemic of disabling, a quiet epidemic resulting in tremendous costs (human and financial). Unfit for Work – The startling rise of disability in America is not to be missed. Chana Joffe-Walt and her team present their findings in a one hour program on This American […]

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