Visit with EK Health Services at these upcoming events:
April 15th - 18th
August 19th - 22nd
CWC Risk Conference & Expo
September 19th - 21st
Dana Point, CA
"Your nurse has done an excellent job for me on a case with a difficult doctor. Please pass my highest compliments."
-Claims Examiner, a Major TPA
Check the Status of California Treatment Guidelines, ACOEM and DWC (MTUS)
EK Health offers the following Legislative Updates:
For Enacted Legislation 2012, click here.
For Legislation Under Consideration 2012, click here.
For Active Legislation, click here.
For California Legislation Under Consideration, click here.
About EK Health...
Headquartered in San Jose, CA, EK Health Services, Inc. is a specialty workers' compensation managed care company providing Utilization Review, Case Management, Early Claims Intervention, Return to Work Programs, Next Step Medical Advisory Program℠, Bill Review, Ergonomic Assessments/Training, Outcomes Management, Interpretation/Translation Services, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement services. As a URAC workers' compensation utilization management accredited company, EK Health is committed to a higher level of quality service than is mandated by the state of California. EK Health provides services in all 50 states.
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Clients include several municipalities, a Fortune 500 company, the largest insurance carrier in Wisconsin, a leading insurance company in New Jersey, more than 30 customers of various industries and size.
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EK Health Services, Inc.
992 S. De Anza Blvd #101
San Jose, CA 95129
Stepping Up to CMO - New Role, Same Dedication to Excellence
by Douglas Benner, MD
EK Health Services' Chief Medical Officer
After 11 months getting to know EK Health and the dedicated team built by Eunhee Kim, and working to develop new products and help business development, I am delighted to take on the additional operational duties of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Medical Director of UR plans.
In my new role, I will continue to be Medical Director of our provider networks for MPN clients and assist our fine team in new products and business development as needed. I feel honored to follow Dr. Richard Thompson in the role of CMO and will work hard to continue the dedication to excellence and integrity that EK Health is known to deliver.
I am gratified to know that “Dr. T” will be staying on as Medical Director of our expanding Next Step Program and will be able to back me up during vacations.
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Did You Know?
You can avoid costly legacy claims by addressing early risk factors. Dr. Douglas Benner will tell you how at the 1 pm (PST) July 10 WorkCompCentral Online Webinar.
Look for the registration link in our June newsletter, and you can join him in real time as he discusses EK Health’s First Step Early Identification/Intervention Program℠. This EK Health propriety program, targeted to reduce disability medical payment by 5-10% of current spending, brings payers an unprecedented opportunity to reduce their exposure to legacy claims through a leading-edge method of predictive modeling.
LEGAL-EASE: Was SB 288 really reform?
by Steve Kline, Esq.
EK Health Services' Legal Counsel
Come with me now, back to those days long ago when the workers' compensation California world was in turmoil. We had just completed a recall election, where Governor Gray Davis was ousted because of … [I forget] …. And a muscular action hero actor named Arnold Schwarzenegger rode in on his private jet to save California. His first action was the reformation of workers' compensation with a bill that would come to be known as SB 288.
Arnie’s popularity was sky high and the Democrats were quaking that, if they did not do something, an initiative could be circulated that would wipe out the entire workers' compensation system. Behind the scenes, lobbyists from all the stakeholder groups were making their pitches, the ink was flowing− cross outs, additions, rejections − and in the dark of the wee hours of the morning a compromise appeared – SB 288.
It was quickly presented to both houses, with only a select few who had been deeply involved in the workers' compensation industry knowing and understanding any of the details. The vote of both houses was in excess of the two-thirds necessary for passage as urgency bill, meaning it would go into effect the day the Governor signed it. The Legislature’s health clinic was inundated with requests for treatment for severely twisted arms.
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ErgonomicTip of the Month: You and Your Laptop
by Gloria Farley, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Health & Safety and Ergonomic Specialist
Let's face it, laptops have become a way of life. They make life easier with their portability, slimness and practicality. We can hardly imagine a time when we did not own one. For many of us, we are even likely to be on our 3rd or 4th generation of laptops.
With all this "lap topping" going on, this might be a good time to stop and look at just how friendly are you with your laptop.
In general, laptops were never designed for our human bodies, namely that the keyboard and screen were incorporated into a single unit. This feature was for easy portability, but it resulted in widespread complaints of musculoskeletal discomfort.
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