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Understanding Becomes Healing: A Deep Dive Into the Growing Impact Mental Health Has on Workers’ Comp Claims

When asked about trends they have noted in workers’ comp claims, nurse case managers agreed mental health was the clear leader. But what's placing it in the spotlight?

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It’s 2022 and the hits just keep on coming.

The workers’ compensation industry is feeling the catastrophic impact of the lingering pandemic in countless ways. In order to get a better grasp on what that looks like for injured workers, EK Health surveyed its nurse case managers on several issues.

The company asked what topped the nurses’ list of contributors to claim escalations and costs. Mental health was the clear leader.

“Unrecognized and untreated mental illnesses drive up workers’ compensation claim costs and disability,” said Douglas Benner, MD, MS, FACOEM | Chief Medical Officer for EK Health Services, Inc.

Here is a deeper look at how mental health is impacting workers’ comp claims.

To learn more about EK Health Services, visit ekhealth.com.


As a leading national managed care company, EK Health Services, Inc. sets the gold standard for medical case management, utilization review, medical bill review, network management, and Medicare Set-Asides. We facilitate quality, cost-efficient medical treatment for workers' compensation claims.

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