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Plant Nurses – Are They Worth It – E-Mod LDF Results Take Time

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Plant Nurses Is A Great Risk Management Technique

We have found that our recommendations for plant nurses have worked out very well for our higher E-Mod/X-Mod clients.  They are indispensable for proper medical referrals and to treat minor injuries.  In some cases, they have saved lives in serious injury situations.  If your company’s E-mod is over 1.5 and you are a manufacturer or a company that has larger centralized locations, a plant nurse can justify their salaries many times over.  

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I am not referring to rehab nurses that are assigned to post-accident employees that have not returned to work.  There are rehabilitation companies that will provide a plant nurse if certain conditions are met – such as the facility being large enough to justify this great risk management technique. 

There are many different types of nurses that can be used:

LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

RN – Registered Nurse 

NP – Nurse Practitioner

PA – Physician’s Assistant 

There are only certain situations where I would ever recommend using a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician’s Assistant. They are more expensive than RN’s or LPN‘s. I will post on NP’s next time.  

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There are many manufacturers, especially involving hazardous materials that may want to consider using a plant nurse.  We have found that many employers have not used this Mod reducing technique.   

The one main thing to remember is that once a plant nurse is hired, the results of their efforts will not be seen fully for three to four years.  As I have posted often, Workers Comp is a heavily delayed-results system.   

Overall, the clients where we have made this recommendation experienced an E-Mod reduction.  Risk Managers can usually see the results in 60 – 90 days.  The size of the company often determines the usefulness of plant nurses.  

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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