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IBI Benchmarking Analytics: How Do FMLA Bonding Leave Outcomes Differ by State?

May 29, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , |

IBI Benchmarking Analytics Series: How Do FMLA Bonding Leave Outcomes Differ by State? As more states and local jurisdictions consider adopting paid family leave (PFL) laws, several IBI members have requested information about Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave outcomes across states with differing policies. To support these requests, we created an online [...]

Impacts of Co-Workers’ Leaves

May 29, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , , |

What Really Happens When a Co-Worker Takes Extended Leave? Perspectives From 538 Employees Productivity Implications for Employer Leave Strategies Several states and municipalities appear poised to adopt paid leave laws that cover most employees. To help employers design leave policies that sustain productivity with minimal impact to staff workloads, morale, and personnel costs, IBI surveyed [...]

Opioids, Pain and Absence: The Productivity Implications of Substance Use Among U.S. Workers

Apr 18, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , , |

Opioids, Pain and Absence The Productivity Implications Of Substance Use Among U.S. Workers The opioid epidemic has resulted in many analyses of the social and economic costs related to the problematic use of heroin and opioid pain relievers. The implications for employers as stakeholders often center on the risk of on-the-job accidents or difficulties [...]

IBI Benchmarking Analytics: Costs of Delays in Reporting Workplace Injuries and Processing Worker’s Compensation Claims

Apr 16, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , |

IBI Benchmarking Analytics Series: Costs Of Delays In Reporting Workplace Injuries And Processing Worker’S Compensation Claims An analysis on whether lag times in reporting occupational injuries and opening workers’ compensation (WC) claims had any impact on claim costs using results from 2010-2017 worker’s compensation medical-only and indemnity claims. Study highlights Each additional day that [...]

IBI Benchmarking Analytics: What’s On The Table For SAW/RTW Strategies?

Feb 12, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , |

IBI Benchmarking Analytics Series: What's On The Table For SAW/RTW Strategies? Evidence From Short-Term Disability Claims The implementation of stay-at-work (SAW) and return-to-work (RTW) strategies in the real world complicates the use of disability claims data to understand their effectiveness. Organizing claims by duration as a proxy for severity can provide insights into what [...]

Extreme Temperatures and Mental Health Disability Leaves

Feb 6, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , , |

A Deeper Freeze: Extreme Temperatures and Mental Health Disability Leaves As the polar vortex in January illustrated, events related to climate change have tremendous capacity to disrupt business operations. For some companies, productivity losses will continue if severe weather contributes to increased disability leaves from work. Disability leaves for mental health conditions may be [...]

IBI Benchmarking Analytics: Which Diagnoses Drive STD Incidence, Costs and Lost Time?

Jan 16, 2019|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , , , |

IBI Benchmarking Analytics Series: Which Diagnoses Drive STD Incidence, Costs And Lost Time? We are frequently asked about not only which diagnoses drive short-term disability (STD) outcomes, but also whether the impact of these diagnoses is changing over time. To answer these questions, we categorized STD claims by ICD-9/ICD-10 diagnosis code and examined results [...]

What Does a Hospital Stay Really Cost?

Dec 13, 2018|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , |

Employers know that an employee’s hospital stay often result in missed work days and lost productivity. A new study co-authored by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Adelina Wang (supported by IBI as part of the Thomas Parry Research Fellowship) suggests that productivity losses do not necessarily end with a patient's discharge—and are linked to the quality [...]

Use timing and modeling to target RTW resources

Nov 8, 2018|Categories: Article, Blog, Research|Tags: , , |

When should disability case managers begin return-to-work (RTW) efforts for short-term disability (STD) claims? IBI worked with Mathematica Policy Research on a report for the Social Security Administration showing that disability case management strategies can target return-to-work resources more efficiently through a combination of timing and data modeling. The analysis--published in the Journal of Occupational [...]