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MedRisk CSO to Address Psychosocial Barriers to Recovery

MedRisk’s Chief Strategy Officer Ruth Estrich will tackle a vital issue in workers’ comp when she participates in the panel discussion, “Overcoming Psychosocial Barriers to Recovery: It’s Not Just a Theory Anymore,” at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC).


The session presenters will explore innovative strategies to manage delayed disabilities — which research shows are responsible for 80 percent of the workers’ comp spend. Sharing results of an integrated program that targets psychosocial issues and involves comprehensive physical therapy, opioid-withdrawal management, and delayed recovery treatment, the panelists will present case studies verifying how this approach reduces rehabilitation barriers and facilitates faster return to work

Joining Estrich on the panel are Carrie Freeland, manager of Integrated Leave Department at Costco Wholesale, and Sherri Burrell, head of operations at Briotix Inc.

The presentation starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo will be held Nov. 19- 21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For more information, please visit

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MedRisk is the leader in physical rehabilitation solutions for the workers’ compensation industry. Founded in 1994 and based in King of Prussia, Pa., MedRisk has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies on several lists, including Modern Healthcare’s Fast 40, the Inc. 500|5,000, Deloitte’s “Technology Fast 50,” and Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine’s Future 50.  MedRisk is fully accredited under URAC and has successfully completed a SSAE 16 Type II examination. MedRisk’s programs deliver savings and operational efficiencies that are significantly greater than traditional programs. Customers include insurance carriers, self-insured employers, third-party administrators, state funds, general managed care companies, case management companies, claims adjusters and physical medicine providers. To make a referral or obtain more information, visit or call 800-225-9675.