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Assuring Accurate Diagnosis

Physicians are advised; “first, do no harm.” But let’s be frank: care providers make incorrect diagnoses, and not just ‘once in a blue moon:’ Mayo Clinic found up to 26% of medical diagnosis by primary care providers were wrong! Yet, having an accurate diagnosis is essential to clinical care and case management. On March 6, […]

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IME Reports – Assuring Excellence

On February 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., a webinar focused on enhancing the quality of IME (independent medical evaluation) reports.  I was joined by Brock Curry, CEO of Premier Physicians Management, LLC and Ryan Soriano, Esquire. Unfortunately, many IME reports are of poor quality and/or biased, the evaluations do not reflect best practices, and quality management is […]

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Merci beaucoup – Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier – Your portray what we dream of achieving

It is so wonderful when you meet other colleagues who share your values and perspectives, and are supportive. Over a year ago at a SunLife @Sunlife event I met Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier who is a practicing psychologist in Canada and experienced senior leader with over 20 years of experience in clinical, counselling, and workplace psychology. […]

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MegaSession video: “Achieving Shorter Disability Durations and Better Outcomes”

On December 7, 2017, at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, Dr. Brigham had the opportunity to speak in the MegaSession on “Living Abled! Achieving Shorter Disability Durations and Better Outcomes.” Medical providers, attorneys, insurers, employers, and an individual’s coping and resiliency strengths all contribute to determining why people with similar injuries or illnesses […]

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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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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 Fire: The […]