Toby was an early supporter of VidaCura when our solution could help in resolving claims more economically and expeditiously. We’re honored that Mr. Doyle has consented to work with us to continue to expand our mission
Farmington, CT (PRWEB) October 18, 2010
VidaCura, Inc., today announced that newly retired Connecticut State Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Donald H. (Toby) Doyle Jr. has joined the company as an advisor and management consultant. Mr. Doyle’s role will include furthering VidaCura’s mission to reduce soaring medical equipment costs to Workers’ Compensation payors.
“From its beginning, VidaCura sought to take a different approach to help employers rein in out-of-control workers compensation costs for durable medical equipment and especially TENS pain management devices while encouraging an improved patient outcome. Toby was an early supporter of VidaCura when our solution could help in resolving claims more economically and expeditiously. We’re honored that Mr. Doyle has consented to work with us to continue to expand our mission,” said Larry A. Berk, President of VidaCura.
In a recent issue of Risk Alert produced by Marsh & McLennan, despite 35 states having enacted reform to their workers compensation laws in 2006, most U.S. employer’s costs continue to escalate. According to Marsh’s Casualty Cost of Risk 2008 report, in 2007, workers compensation consumed 73 cents of every casualty dollar paid by employers up from 67 cents in 2005. While durable medical equipment occupies a relatively small percentage of a workers’ compensation claim, claims processors report spending a disproportionate amount of time negotiating with providers for durable medical equipment and especially electronic pain management devices like TENS units.
VidaCura’s two-tier approach to reducing payor costs includes cost-competitive products and creative business solutions aimed at reducing administrative burden and overhead costs. According to Larry Berk, “Our unique approach isn’t just about optimizing technology and reducing cumbersome processes. Our strategies include pricing transparency, competitive bidding, and offering the payor alternatives; especially in those circumstances where a more costly product would have been provided solely in the name of maximizing profit margin.”
Connecticut headquartered VidaCura serves the workers compensation marketplace providing custom bracing, wheelchairs and power mobility products, wound care, and exercise and rehabilitation equipment delivered nationwide. Additionally, they supply a full line of TENS and interferential electronic pain management devices that includes their exclusive lifetime supply program.
VidaCura’s companion consumer website, Vidacura.com is aimed at retail customers who are looking to take better care of their health or who are providing care to loved-ones. It presents over 5,000 home healthcare and wellness products including bed, bath and kitchen assists, walkers, power scooters and incontinence products in a pleasing-to-shop format and at competitive prices.
Prior to his retirement, Donald Doyle, Jr. served the state of Connecticut as a prosecutor, in-house counsel for the state insurance department and for the last twenty years as a workers’ compensation commissioner, presiding most recently in the Norwich Connecticut second district office. He is admitted to the Connecticut bar and received his law degree from Quinnipiac University (formerly University of Bridgeport). In addition to his relationship with VidaCura, he provides consulting services and performs mediation for personal injury and workers compensation claims through Litigation Alternatives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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