Here’s the quick summary on a couple happenings in work comp this week.
The big news comes from Liberty Mutual, where long time Medical Director David Deitz will be retiring, and Frank Radack has been named VP of managed care.
David is one of the true stars in this business, and this will be a big change for Liberty. Word is one of his regional medical directors will assume the leadership role on an acting basis; more to come on that to be sure. Dr Deitz has a wealth of experience; he has developed and implemented evidence-based guidelines, is an extremely knowledgeable analyst, a very effective communicator to clients, prospects, and regulators alike, understands the US health care delivery system like few others, and knows work comp. I am fortunate indeed to count him as a friend, and hope we get to work together again.
Frank is a very experienced business guy with a strong history at Liberty; he ran Liberty’s bill review operation years ago before taking over their reporting/RMIS function some years back. His depth of knowledge about what customers want to know and what is important to them will undoubtedly help Liberty focus their managed care efforts.
Friend and colleague Todd Brown informed me (and others) that Maryland is looking for input from self-insured employers and groups on prescription drug costs. Their survey is here. Given the physician dispensers’s BS claims about lower costs and better outcomes associated with their nefarious practices, it would behoove any and all self-insured employers to respond to the Survey. Like, NOW.