Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every ten deaths in the United States, making them the leading cause of death and disability in the US. And, yet, work-related claims involving chronic diseases aren’t garnering the attention they warrant.
Three of the most prevalent, deadly and costly chronic conditions often present themselves as comorbidities in work-related injuries, raising questions for risk managers and claims professionals. These include:
Obesity – One half of the US population could be obese by 2030. How will workers compensation adjusters navigate the cost and duration of a claim with an obese claimant?
Diabetes – As a significant health care cost driver that affects more than 100 million individuals in the US, what medical consequences accompany claims involving diabetes?
Hypertension – Most prescription drug use and medical visits in the US are hypertension-related. Is there a way to help a claimant struggling with hypertension that won’t negatively impact the cost of their claim?
As part of our continued dedication to providing in-depth analysis on issues that impact claims, we have prepared a white paper and webinar that combine the latest research with workers compensation expertise to take an in-depth look at common comorbid conditions and how they affect workers compensation claims.