Gen rX—The Next Generation of Medicine

Gen rX—The Next Generation of Medicine

Raji Chadarevian, Director, Medical Regulation & Informatics
Raji Chadarevian

Raji Chadarevian is a widely known insurance industry expert, presenting research at NCCI’s Annual Issues Symposium and other industry events on medical trends in workers compensation. In this bonus video for the AIS Highlights Report, he provides new findings on how the healthcare system is witnessing a transformed generation of medicine and explores medical innovations that will change how patients are treated over the next decade.

In a matter of weeks following the onset of COVID-19, telemedicine has become routine in the US. Health authorities have broken down walls of rules and regulations, all but ensuring that telemedicine will have a bigger role in how injured workers are served in the years ahead.

That’s just one of the recent trends and innovations in caring for injured workers. In this session, Chadarevian explains how delivery, treatment, technologies, and payment systems are changing medical trends in workers compensation.

Key Takeaways

  • Nonphysicians and ambulatory surgical centers are helping meet the demand for medical services and contributing to more contained cost trends.
  • The opioid epidemic has dramatically shifted prescribing patterns for chronic pain. Alternative pain treatments are taking hold, including massage therapy, mental health interventions, and even a fast-growing off-label approach.
  • New medical technology in the surgical suite shows exciting promise for improving outcomes. It is important for stakeholders to consider both the benefits of and costs for these innovative and emerging techniques.
  • Payment mechanisms are adapting to reward successful treatment plans.