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Mutual Admiration Society

Normally, I am more comfortable calling attention to the issues rather than to myself… but I would be remiss in not thanking the IAIABC for their recent recognition of my efforts to address opioid overuse and physician dispensing in workers’ comp. I am quite honored to find myself in such an esteemed roster of industry professionals: to be mentioned in the same breath as Kathryn Mueller MD is humbling.

This is a good opportunity for me to tout IAIABC  because it’s a mutual admiration society; they do great work.

If you aren’t following their efforts, you need to be.

As the world’s oldest trade association dedicated to promoting the advancement of workers’ compensation systems throughout the world through education, research, and resource management, IAIABC has a distinguished history. The folks at IAIABC, and the stakeholders that do much of their work, spend untold hours working thru issues as mundane – and vitally important – as standards for electronic billing, the selection and deployment of medical treatment guidelines, and model regulations addressing the many arcane, esoteric, but nonetheless critical issues that make up workers compensation.

Regulators are a lot like sports officials – when things run smoothly you don’t even know they’re there.  But when they don’t, you get..the recent disaster known as the NFL.

Now that the “real” officials are back on the football field, we all know how good they are.

Let’s see if we can do the same for workers comp; as complex and complicated as it is, in many states it actually runs pretty well.

And if it isn’t, you can find a group at IAIABC working on a solution.

3 thoughts on “Mutual Admiration Society”

  1. Glad to see your work getting much deserved recognition. Appreciate how you cut to the meat of an issue. These two topics certainly need the attention!

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Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates




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