Nimisha Kalia

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between timing and duration of opioid prescriptions, disability duration, and claims costs for work-related injuries. METHOD A retrospective cohort study using lost time compensation claimant data to examine the relationship between opioid prescription patterns and claim duration and cost.(More)
BACKGROUND In recent decades, the frequency of Medical Only (MO) and Lost Time (LT) workers' compensation claims has decreased, while average severity (medical and indemnity costs) has increased. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare claim frequency, mix, and severity (cost) over two periods using a claim cohort follow-up method. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE This study describes the relationship between opioid prescribing and ability to work. METHODS The opioid prescription patterns of 4994 claimants were studied. Three groups were constructed: 1) at least 3 consecutive months prescribed (chronic opioid therapy; COT); 2) less than 3 consecutive months prescribed (acute opioid therapy; AOT); and 3)(More)
BACKGROUND The financial impact regarding choice of physician within the workers' compensation domain has not been well studied. OBJECTIVE Assess the difference in claim cost between employee- and employer-directed choice of treating physician after injury. METHODS 35,640 indemnity lost time claims from a 13-year period at a nationwide company were(More)
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