Navigation Links
IBI Data Offers Solutions to Help Employers Manage Short-term Disability
Date:6/1/2010

Benefits duration limits are not the best tool to quickly and safely return employees to work

SAN FRANCISCO (Vocus) June 1, 2010 -- In this tough economic climate employers have a strong interest in limiting unnecessary time that an employee may be out of work for a short-term disability (STD). To better understand how to help employers reduce lost work time, wage replacements and lost productivity, the non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) analyzed data from its 2008 benchmarking program on durations of STD claims and plan design for over 470,000 claims and released the findings and employer recommendations today.

A common method adopted by employers to manage potentially long-duration STD cases is to use an STD plan design that limits the maximum duration of paid benefits – a strategy that may have potential downsides. The analysis found that even for STD plan designs with eligibility periods as short as 13 weeks, most claims resolve well before benefits expire, and claims with different maximum durations had very similar median lost work days. These results suggest that the duration of benefits eligibility does not contribute greatly to the timing of an employee's termination of benefits.

“Providing effective case management is the real issue employers should consider to promote successful return to work,” said Thomas Parry, PhD, IBI president. “Employers should work to prevent absences from becoming short-term disabilities and manage cases for successful return-to-work outcomes when they do become disabled. Such a total absence management approach includes implementing nurse case management and encouraging transitional employment. For employers with highly trained employees, this could be an especially valuable solution.”

By terminating benefits before full recovery from an illness or injury, an employee's return to pre-disability performance levels may be delayed. A premature forced return to work could unnecessarily extend a period of presenteeism (under performance at work due to lingering illness or injury).

In addition, absent employees may not return to work at all because they either file a long-term disability claim, opt to seek employment elsewhere after recovery or join the unemployment rolls, putting further strain on public funds and, for many, instilling a disability mindset from which recovery may be difficult.

About the Integrated Benefits Institute
The Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) provides employers and their supplier partners with resources for demonstrating the business value of health. As a pioneer, leader and nonprofit supplier of health and productivity research, measurement and benchmarking, IBI is a trusted source for benefits performance analysis, practical solutions, and forums for information and education. IBI’s programs, resources and expert networks advance understanding about the link between – and the impact of – health-related productivity on corporate America’s bottom line. For additional information visit: ibiweb.org.

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/06/prweb4073214.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Recorders.com Offers Free Dragon Medical 10.1 Upgrades
2. UPMC Health Plan Offers Brain Fitness Software to Improve Health
3. HeartMath Offers Free Certificates that Celebrate Love and the Heart
4. Saddle Up for a Healthier Trip to the Rodeo! BMI of Texas Offers Healthy Eating Advice for Rodeo-bound Texans
5. Livonia Optometrist Offers New Technology - and New Hope - to Patients ... Free of Charge
6. Renowned Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season
7. Kool Smiles Offers Free Toothbrushes and Education to Day Care Centers Affected by Massachusetts Initiative Supporting Childrens Oral Care
8. The National Christian Foundation Offers to Match Gifts to Haiti
9. Cancer Medicines Pipeline Offers Patients Great Hope
10. Winter Adventurers Look No Further: From Ocean Kayaking To Seal Watching Cruises, Nassau County Offers A Cache Of Cold Weather Thrills
11. Discovery of mechanism in brain cell injury in Huntingtons offers new treatment approaches
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
IBI Data Offers Solutions to Help Employers Manage Short-term Disability
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical associate ... primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse ... Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, ... quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, ... lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an ... and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance ... management, will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th ... and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ... introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad ... comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is ... to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app ... medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, ... in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, ... as number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 ... 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. , Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... immunogenicity assessment, vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced ... focused on the development of personalized therapeutic cancer ... and has provided exclusive access to enabling technologies ... MSc Eng., MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: