2012 - #1 for Women!

Powered by Blogger.

2012- Achieved #12!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TRIUNE's  Vocational Team with Another Success Story

Ruben Luna, a member of the Vocational Team at TRIUNE Health Group, just reported his second placement success in less than a week.  In this most recent case, Ruben assisted a 34-year-old Injured Worker (IW) who had sustained an injury to his right ankle in August 2011.  He was referred for a vocational assessment 18 months after the injury in March 2013, then the file was closed in June 2013.  The case was re-opened in July 2013 for job placement services.

       While the IW was capable of lifting at a medium physical demand level, his standing tolerance was limited to 15 minute intervals.  He required a “sit/stand” option which put him in light or sedentary capacity for purposes of job placement.  The IW had a 9th grade education and was bilingual in English/Spanish.  At the time of injury, he had been employed as a union laborer and driver.  He also possessed some supervisory experience.  The IW’s additional experience was as a construction waste hauler, dump-truck driver and had somewhat remote experience as a customer service representative at an in-bound call center.  The IW reported having minimal computer skills.

          Ruben provided Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST), created a resume for the IW and taught him basic computer skills.  Ruben created an e-mail account for the IW for job search purposes and Ruben engaged in job development activities on the IW’s behalf.  After an unsuccessful job interview 4 weeks into the effort, the IW became discouraged. Ruben then provided supportive counseling to keep him focused and motivated.  Ruben also obtained approval for the IW to take Forklift Operator Safety Certification Training.  The IW was contacted by a potential employer after posting his resume on a job search board and an interview was scheduled.  The IW felt the interview went well and Ruben encouraged him to send a “thank you” letter created for him. The “thank you” note was a partial reason for the IW being called back for a second interview. The IW was offered a $15.00 per hour position as a Lab Tech 2 days later with a concrete testing company.

          Follow-up with the IW 2 weeks post his start date found him elated to be working and being in a job which afforded him the opportunity to sit or stand and to use a forklift for heavier lifting.  It was 3 months from the time placement services started until file closure. The total billed charges on this file were just over $5,700.00.

          Ruben and the entire Staff at TRIUNE Health Group would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your next file.  Please consider your caseload and ask what TRIUNE Health Group can do to help you.  Contact Stephen Sprauer, Vocational Services Manager, at 800-633-0884, to discuss your specific needs or visit our website at www.triunehealthgroup.com to make a referral. 
Monday, July 15, 2013
Candace Holman RN, MS, CRC
Nurse Case Manager 
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Candace graduated cum laude both for her Nursing Degree from Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend, Wisconsin and for her Masters of Science Degree in Educational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   She has extensive experience in Wisconsin Workers' Compensation Law, and has many years experience as a Workers' Compensation Medical Case Manager communicating with patients, providers, employers, and carriers to assess progress and facilitate appropriate treatment and timely return-to-work for a national case management company.  Candace's Vocational Rehabilitation background, also for a national case management company, includes Vocational testing, conducting Labor Market Surveys, Vocational Assessments, Job Analyses, and identifying Transferrable Skills to determine employability and potential job options for injured and disabled patients.  She has also worked for the State of Wisconsin, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, providing interpretation of Medical, Psychological, and Vocational Evaluations.  Candace's nursing experience is in ICU and Medical-Surgical in a hospital environment.  She is also certified in CPR and has experience in Crisis Care and Long Term Care.  
Give Candace a call at 630 586 9440. She´ll be more than happy to assist you with any of your case management or vocational needs in the Milwaukee area. 

Monday, July 1, 2013
TRIUNE's  Vocational Team Saving Money and Making Its Clients Happy!

Amanda Ortman, TRIUNE Health Group Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant Department, just wrapped up another file with a successful outcome.  In this case, the Injured Worker (IW) had been employed as a Communications Technician/Installer for a large communications company.  He was 29 years of age, had a high school diploma, and had previous work experience as an armed guard, machinist, and carpenter.  

The IW had sustained a knee injury and had been released to RTW at a medium physical demand level. There were added restrictions of NO squatting or climbing.  The restrictions prevented a return to any past work.

The IW's file was referred to our office 2 years after his date of injury. Initially we were asked to complete a Vocational Assessment and Labor Market Survey. We then provided the IW with Job Placement services.  Amanda helped the IW with Job Seeking Skills Training, interviewing preparation, resume development, and job development assistance. 

In less than a month, at a total file cost of under $7,000.00, the IW secured full-time employment as a sales representative with advancement opportunities.  The IW  is happy to be working again after nearly 2 years.

Amanda and the entire Staff at TRIUNE Health Group would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your next file.  Please consider your caseload and ask what TRIUNE Health Group can do to help you.  Contact Stephen Sprauer, Vocational Services Manager, at 800-633-0884, to discuss your specific needs or visit our website at www.triunehealthgroup.com to make a referral.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Julia Harper RN, CCM  
Nurse Case Manager 
Julia graduated Cum Laude with a Degree in Nursing from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. She is a Certified Case Manager working in the field of Workers' Compensation in the Carbondale, Southern Illinois, and the Cape Girardeau, Missouri areas for many years.  Julia has experience as a Case Manager for numerous, large Medical Case Management companies, as well as serving as Case Manager for post-acute Head Injury patients in a rehabilitation facility.  Her Nursing background includes working as a Clinical Level 3 Nurse in a large hospital environment, with a background in high risk Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care, as a Neonatal Transport Nurse, and in Medical-Surgical.  Julia is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois.  
Give Julia a call at 618-713-4939. She´ll be more than happy to assist you with any of your case management needs in Southern Illinois. 

Jill Pessman RN, MSA recently managed several Utilization Reviews. In one case, the injured worker (IW), a carpenter, reported having had discomfort, numbness and tingling in both hands for more than a year. The IW related that the cause of his ailment is the repetitive motion at work. The pain also bothers him at night, producing hand weakness and causing him to  frequently drop objects. 
An Electromyogram (EMG) revealed mild right median mononeuropathy at the wrist, and mild right ulnar mononeuropathy at the elbow.
The physician noted positive findings for right carpal tunnel syndrome. The injured worker felt that the left carpal tunnel condition is more symptomatic than the right. The physician recommended bilateral endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Despite complaints of discomfort, numbness, and tingling in both hands, Jill found a lack of sufficient documentation of positive objective findings and deficiencies to support the necessity for surgery. The EMG and Nerve Conduction Study provided no evidence of left carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, there was no indication that the claimant tried adequate conservative treatment including steroid injection, exercise, and night splints for the carpal tunnel syndrome.
Without documentation of positive physical findings suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome and absence of conservative treatment, Jill concluded that the proposed surgery was not necessary.
Requested Treatments: Bilateral carpal tunnel release
Determinations: Bilateral carpal tunnel release

Cost savings: Surgery $8,450.00, therapy $1,150.00
Total savings: $9,600.00

Contact Jill at 815-772-8375 or Jill.Pessman@triunehg.com.
Let her help YOU save money too! 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thousands of Dollars Saved!

A Utilization Review Success Story

In another of Jill Pessman's recent Utilization Reviews, an injured worker (IW) complained of low back and hip pain and recently reported increased pain even during normal activities. The IW had difficulties getting to the chiropractic office for treatment and remained off work.

The Official Disability Guidelines for Treatment in Workers Comp supports up to a maximum of 10 chiropractic treatments for the hip/pelvis and allows up to 18 chiropractic treatments with documentation of objective functional improvements for the lumbar spine.

With the symptoms present, a course of six chiropractic treatments was reasonable. The chiropractic notes, however, did not reveal objective or functional improvement with treatment. 

Without a history of positive results, the medical necessity for additional treatment was not established.  Jill's conclusion was to recommend partial certification for six chiropractic visits, and avoid the unnecessary cost of further treatment. 

Requested Treatment: 22 chiropractic visits, MRI left hip without contrast, MRI lumbar spine without contrast
Determinations: Partial-certification: Six chiropractic visits, Non-certification: MRI left hip without contrast, Non-certification: MRI lumbar spine without contrast
Cost savings: Chiropractic treatment-$4,620, MRI's 1,100.
Total savings: $5,720.

Interested in saving money too? 

Please contact Jill Pessman at 815-772-8375 or Jill.Pessman@triunehg.com
Saving Money with Utilization Review!
Another Success Story

The Injured worker (IW) in question had a restricted range of motion in his neck, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Jill Pessman was asked to complete a Utilization Review for 38 chiropractic visits which took place almost three years ago.

The Official Disability Guidelines for Treatment in Workers Comp states that manual therapy and manipulation are recommended for chronic pain if caused by musculoskeletal conditions, and manipulation is specifically recommended as an option for the low back and neck. A trial of 6 visits over 2 weeks, with evidence of objective functional improvement, with a total of up to 18 visits over 6-8 weeks is allowed. 

In the case of this IW, there was no clear evidence of objective functional gains that would justify treatment beyond the initial 6 visits. The medical necessity for further treatment  was not established according to documentation and evidence-based guidelines. Jill recommended a partial certification for 6 chiropractic treatments only, for a cost savings of $6,720. 
Requested Treatment: Chiropractic treatment, total of 38 visits.

Determination: Partial certification: Chiropractic treatment, total of 6 visits.

Cost savings: $6,720.00

Interested in saving money too? 
Please contact Jill Pessman at 815-772-8375 or Jill.Pessman@triunehg.com.
Olivia Davison LPN
Nurse Case Manager 

Olivia received her nursing degree from Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.  She has had many years' experience in Medical Case Management and Workers' Compensation injuries for Managed Care companies and in Occupational Medicine Nursing for a large national corporation.  Olivia has extensive experience in both field case and telephonic case management.  Her hospital-based nursing background is in Operating Room Nursing working in Recovery and Triage.  Olivia has also worked as a Staff Nurse in Wound Care and has experience as a Supervisor in an Alzheimer's Unit.  Her work with Workers' Compensation case management coordinating care with medical providers, employers, and the injured worker has resulted in positive, appropriate, and timely return-to-work outcomes.  Olivia is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Give Olivia a call at 708 990 7688. She´ll be more than happy to assist you with any of your case management needs in the Chicagoland area. 

CoraLeah VandenAvond RN, BSN
Nurse Case Manager 

CoraLeah graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  Her background includes hospital-based Nursing in a large hospital environment where she provided direct Medical and Rehabilitative care and served as mentor to the licensed and certified staff.  CoraLeah also has experience working as a Private Nurse providing Critical Care nursing to a patient while traveling.   Her background abroad was as a Registered Nurse for a large employer implementing care for work injuries, on-site accidents, and emergency care situations.  CoraLeah is CPR certified and licensed in the State of Wisconsin.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

Give CoraLeah a call at 630 586 9440. She´ll be more than happy to assist you with any of your case management needs in the Green Bay area.  

A Medical Case Management cost savings success story.

TRIUNE Health Group's Nurse Case Manager, Michael Sharp RN, recently adeptly and efficiently brought a case to closure, ensuring the well-being of the Injured Worker (IW) but also skillfully avoiding unnecessary costs. 

Michael Sharp received this referral for nurse case management services on March 1, 2013. The IW was treating with her family practice physician for a diagnosis of a closed head injury/concussion. Before her injury she was employed as a registered nurse.

Prior to this time, the treatment plan did not identify a clear plan towards the goal of Maximum Medical Improvement(MMI). Michael Sharp's knowledge of practicing physicians in Iowa was instrumental in obtaining treatment with a qualified specialist knowledgeable in Worker's Compensation injuries.  

On March 29, the injured workers medical records were reviewed by the specialist and a full unrestricted RTW and MMI was obtained along with a no-impairment rating.  Case Closed.   
Let us help you manage your next Workers' Compensation file and experience the TRIUNE Health Group difference! 

Give Michael a call at 630 586 9440 or send him an email: michael.sharp@triunehg.com
Thursday, May 9, 2013

·   Why is it that when you do a Google search for pictures of “silence” a good 75% 
of the results show either someone with tape x-ed over their mouths or someone with a finger in front of their lips? Silence is becoming an endangered species that we have to fight to protect.

·   Pay attention the next time you watch a modern action movie, maybe one like Die Hard 4. As you watch Bruce Willis outsmart, outshoot, and outdrive the bad guys, separate yourself a second from the story line and focus on the cinematography. More often than not, the camera angle doesn’t remain the same for more than just a couple seconds. It is constantly switching, moving, changing perspective, showing something new. And then listen: there is never a quiet moment. No silence. None at all. Either music or dialogue or sound effects or some sort of noise.

·   Silence becomes more and more coveted, whether for the worker whose life is a continuous humdrum of activity from dawn until dusk or for the parent balancing kids, laundry and a thousand to-dos a day. The rhythm of life makes it objectively more difficult to have the silence we need. Only if we value it and fight for it will we find it.

·    We almost can’t live without noise. Kids constantly wear earphones, we can’t resist turning on the radio in the car. So much so, that before, people would wish for quiet in order to sleep peacefully and soundly. Now, we plug in noise makers so we can sleep! The silence is deafening and if there is no noise, we have to create it just to feel at peace.

·    It’s funny how a parent might punish a child by sending him/her to a corner or “naughty boy chair” in order for him to have some quiet time and think about what he has done. Maybe that is why we shy away from silence: we don’t want to think about things like that. Are we afraid of silence?

·    Nature teaches us that some of the most important things happen in silence. Who has ever heard the budding of a morning glory? Who has heard the sun rise over the horizon? Who has heard a baby growing in its mother’s womb? If we are attentive to the silence, we will see all kinds of growth in ourselves as well.

·   Stories of people who have survived in the wilderness alone after accidents for long periods of time often relate how being alone made them reflect on life and what is truly important. That is one of the greatest things that silence offers us: a rediscovering and strengthening of who we are deep down inside.

 ·    Many would argue that they don’t have time for silence; there is too much to get done. Don’t forget, that the more you take care of yourself, body, mind and spirit, the more able you will be in carrying out your other responsibilities. Take the time for yourself, and you will get it back in full.

·    You may have difficulties looking for silence for the sake of silence. Be smart. Find the place or the atmosphere that helps you be more reflective. Try sitting outside, listening to calming music, prayer, meditation…find what helps you and be TENACIOUS in allowing yourself that much needed medicine, a little bit of silent time every day.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our TRIUNE Team reaches Pennsylvania!

William Brennan RN  
Nurse Case Manager 

       William is a Registered Nurse who graduated from Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey.  He received his degree from the Camden County Institute of Technology. William is a Medical Nurse Case Manager in Workers' Compensation providing case management services in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

       His Case Management experience includes both Field and Telephonic Case Management for several large medical case management companies.  William's ability to develop strong relationships with insurance companies, adjusters, physicians, employers, attorneys, and injured workers has resulted in a continued progression of successful return-to-work outcomes.  His nursing expertise includes Trauma and ICU in a large hospital environment, assessment and care for Psychiatric patients in a rehabilitation care center, Medical-Surgical, and Wound Care.  William is also certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support.  He is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  
Give William a call at 856-938-8240 with any of your East Coast needs.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Caroline Ward-Kniaz is wrapping up work on a file in which the Injured Worker (IW) sustained a right shoulder rotator cuff injury in 2008 working as a non-union plumber.  The file was initially referred to TRIUNE Health Group 2 ½ years post injury, was closed for additional surgery and then re-opened in the fall of 2012.  At the time of the re-opening the IW had been off work for more than 4 years.  The Injured Worker was 46 years of age and possessed a high school diploma.  Work experience was limited to plumbing and work as a concrete cutter.

The IW was in Job Placement for less than 4 months.  Caroline provided the IW with Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST), performed mock interviewing several times and assisted him in the preparation of a resume.  Caroline “prepped” with the IW before every interview he had and then followed up with him to go over the questions he had been asked to better prepare him for subsequent interviews.  The IW was open to the assistance and frequently contacted Caroline for additional help.

Caroline provided the IW with many job leads in addition to those that he obtained on his own.  One of those leads was for an assembly job at a manufacturing facility.  The IW had to interview with several staff persons to get the job.  He passed the physical and was offered the job paying $12.00 per hour with a benefit package.  The IW committed to Caroline that her assistance helped him feel prepared to interview and he noted that he was happy to be working again.

Caroline worked this file very aggressively.  The total cost for all of her involvement on this file was just over $11,000.  Caroline and TRIUNE Health Group would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your Vocational Rehabilitation needs.  We can be reached at 800/633-0884.

I asked a colleague at work once what the weather forecast was for the following day.

His answer was a “How should I know?”, a shrug and a facial expression that made it seem like I had asked him to explain Einstein’s theory of relativity on the spot. He obviously is not one of those people who care much about tomorrow’s weather.

About a month later, I was minding my own business, when I heard the same individual talking to another colleague. The latter mentioned something about weather and, as if touched by a magic wand, the former proceeded to tell him the exact weather forecast for the next week, complete with temperature highs and lows. I was baffled.

I confronted him on the matter, bringing to his attention in a sort of joking matter the obviously contradictory attitudes and asking the reason. His answer was simple.

“I’m on vacation next week.”

Little things are a big deal. Attentiveness makes a huge difference. When hunting for a car it can mean saving thousands of dollars. When applied to health it can mean life or death. When dating someone it can be the rise or fall of a relationship.

Some people are attentive by temperament. They just notice everything that is going on around them. That can be a good thing although when taken too far it can also become an obsession.

But more often it’s a habit that needs to be formed. It’s not enough to say “I want to be attentive”. Attentiveness is normally a two-piece deal: we are attentive to the things we want to be attentive to.

The observation training that snipers go through is impressive.  An Army Ranger Sniper details one training exercise called the KIMS game:

“...they would put different objects on the table: a bullet, a paper clip, a bottle top, a pen, a piece of paper with something written on it -- 10 to 20 items. You'd gather around and they'd give you, say, a minute to look at everything. Then you'd have to go back to your table and describe what you saw. You weren't allowed to say "paper clip" or "bullet," you'd have to say, like, "silver, metal wire, bent in two oval shapes." They want the Intel guys making the decision [about] what you actually saw.

As time goes by, students are given more objects to look at and less time to look at them. To add to the challenge, the time between seeing the objects and reporting what they saw gets longer as the course goes on. By the end, they may see 25 objects in the morning, train all day, and then at night be asked to write down descriptions of all the things they saw.

Another observation game happens in the field with a sniper scope. According to an Army Ranger Sniper:

“What they would usually do was hide things in a field, and you would just line up and have a certain amount of time to find them. There might be the tip of a pen hanging up out of the grass. You'd just have to look at every area in that field, you know, put your scope on it and just stare at it for a  couple minutes, and move it over, stare at the next spot for a couple minutes. ,Basically, after a while, you do get really good where you can just pick these things out easy. You'd just look for things in the field that didn't add up.”

So when’s the last time you saw the tip of a pen hanging up out of the grass? A sniper sees that because he is looking for that. That’s a training exercise, but someday his life or the success of his mission will rely on that acquired skill.

There are so many things that we don’t notice in our lives because we are not really interested. Looking at what we said before, when we are speaking about material things, attentiveness definitely has a lot of perks: money, efficiency, health, opportunities, etc.  But talking about relationships, attentiveness is even more important. It’s about valuing the person you’re dealing with. When we start to care about others, we start to notice. Love grows in leaps and bounds through details. For love, no detail is too small.

Are you an attentive person? Think of your family and your workplace. What does each family member like to talk about? How do they express their feelings? Do you know what your closest colleagues like to eat? Could you say who has had a tough day in the last week?

Convince yourself that you really do care about others. You want to notice things so as to better know and understand them. And the more you do that, the more you can help and love them. You may find that you become aware of a lot of pen tips out there in the grass. Not because they weren’t there before, but because you started looking.
TRIUNE Nurses Seeking the Best Help and the Best Price
A Medical Case Management Cost Savings Success

TRIUNE Health Group's Nurse Case Manager, Angela Sexton, who is also a Certified Rehabilitation Nurse, as well as a Certified Case Manager, recently negotiated and lessened the cost of medical equipment at a great savings to her customer, while still providing the best for her Injured Worker's (IW's) needs. 

According to standard procedure, Angela ordered a bone growth stimulator for the IW who needed a spinal fusion.   The preferred Durable Medical Equipment (DME) vendor of record quoted a price of $4,671.00, to which Angela requested a discount.  When told that the price was not negotiable, she inquired about pricing according to brand name, and was also told that there was no difference in price between brands.

Angela said she knew that cost did vary according to brand name and requested approval from the Adjuster on the file, to change vendors.  She received authorization to contact other vendors and was authorized to order the bone growth stimulator from the vendor that she considered the best.  Angela negotiated a price of $3,526.92, a savings of $1,144.08, with a new vendor who provided a quick response and excellent customer service. This was a 25% savings!

Angela Sexton and other TRIUNE Health Group Nurse Case Managers consistently offer these same excellent Medical Case Management services resulting in successful cost saving outcomes.

Let us help you manage your next Workers' Compensation file, and experience the TRIUNE Health Group Nurse Case Manager difference!

Amanda Ortman, a Vocational Consultant with the TRIUNE Health Group Vocational Department just reported that she is wrapping up work on another file that has resulted in a Job Placement.  This case involved a 39 year Injured Worker (IW) who was employed as a Union Painter at the time of his back injury.  He was referred for Job Placement services three years post his injury date with restrictions that fell between a light and medium duty level.

The IW had no additional work experience outside of painting.  He was a high school graduate.  He lived in rural Indiana was going through a divorce and was the sole caregiver for four dependent children.  He could only work days.  He expressed a strong desire to RTW, but was apprehensive about the process and being able to make a living post-injury.

Amanda worked with the IW over a 6 month period.  She met with the IW on a weekly basis. Aside from putting together a Rehabilitation Plan and providing Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST), Amanda provided on-going guidance on where to look for work, tailored the IW’s resume repeatedly to suit each job he was applying for and provided him with a large number of job leads.  Amanda completed multiple mock interviews with the IW as he was very uncomfortable in this area since he had not had to look for, or interview for work in a long time and had primarily worked out of/through the Union Hall.  Amanda provided him a lot of supportive counseling as he felt rejected on many occasions when he was not hired and he needed the additional “at-a-boys” to remain focused and motivated.

The IW secured a full-time position as a parts painter paying an hourly wage of $17.00 per hour.  In addition to this “secured” job the IW has an additional interview for a Union Painter position inside a hotel chain that reportedly is within his restrictions and would obviously pay a Union scale wage.

With TRIUNE Health Group’s and Amanda’s assistance, this IW is going to be able to RTW, take care of his family and be a productive member of society again.  We are grateful to the Adjuster on this case who saw the merits of providing Vocational Services.  We would welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you as well on your next referral.  Please feel free to contact Stephen Sprauer, Vocational Services Manager at 800/633-0884 to discuss your Vocational Services needs.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Judge Halts Illinois’ Version of the HHS-Abortion Mandate

by Steven Ertelt | Springfield, IL | LifeNews.com | 1/15/13 4:05 PM 

A pro-life legal group today says a state judge in Illinois has halted the Illinois version of the Obama-HHS abortion pill mandate, that requires religious companies to pay for drugs for their employees that may cause abortions.

Today, Judge Terence M. Sheen of the DuPage County Circuit Court granted Triune Health Group’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Illinois’ contraception mandate, which forces coverage of abortifacients and contraceptives in group healthcare plans.

The Thomas More Society said the temporary restraining order comes on the heels of a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. That restraining order granted Triune Health Group temporary relief from the federal HHS mandated healthcare coverage of abortifacients, sterilizations, and contraceptives.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Businesswoman Keeps Faith Amid Threats to Religious Freedom

By Michelle Bauman

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2013 / 06:04 am (EWTN News)

Facing challenges to religious freedom has helped one Catholic businesswoman grow in her convictions as she works to puts her principles into practice.

“It has clarified and intensified so much of what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.

In a Jan. 9 interview with EWTN News, she explained that she was relieved and “filled with gratitude” to receive an initial court ruling protecting her company from the demands of the federal contraception mandate.
Yep helped found Triune Health Group in 1990, along with her husband, Christopher, who is the company’s president and CEO.

Read more here!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Catholic owners of healthcare company win injunction against HHS mandate

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Roman Catholic Owners of an Illinois healthcare management business are celebrating after winning an important first victory in their battle against the Obama administration’s HHS birth control mandate.

Today the Federal District Court in Chicago issued an order temporarily blocking the Obama administration from enforcing the mandate on Triune Health Group and its owners, Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, while litigation continues.  Read More...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Amanda Ortman, a member of the Vocational Team at TRIUNE Health Group, has closed another file which resulted in a job placement.  In this case, Amanda was working with an Injured Worker (IW) who had been employed his entire adult work life as a Union Pipefitter.  He resided in rural Indiana.  He had a back injury and restrictions to medium work.  He was referred for placement roughly one year post-injury. 

The case had been referred to TRIUNE Health Group previously in early 2011 for a LMS based on the work history and the aforementioned restrictions.  The LMS indicated that without significant re-training that the IW would only be capable of entry level wages.  The Account attempted to resolve the file, but when they were not able to do so the file was re-opened.  The IW obtained a Class B Drivers License (the Account reimbursed this cost) and the IW initially expressed interest in obtaining a Passenger Endorsement as well.  This openness later changed and the IW began to show compliance issues with placement efforts.  The IW also noted that he no longer wished to get the Passenger Endorsement as he “could not handle a position where there were passengers”.  There did not seem to be a logical rationale for this change of heart.

Amanda persisted in the area of driving given the IW’s obtaining of the Class B license and previously stated interest in this area.  The IW was able to obtain employment as a driver for a Physical Therapy facility transporting patients (there was no requirement for a Passenger Endorsement).  The IW is being paid an appropriate entry level wage for the position and is receiving full benefits.  There is opportunity for advancement.  A case that could have been headed in the direction of an Odd Lot Total and Permanent should now be resolved as a wage loss case.

As the year wraps up and the need to clean off those troublesome files from your desk becomes more pressing, we at TRIUNE Health Group would be happy to provide Vocational Services on your behalf.  Please contact us at:  800/633-0884 and ask for Stephen Sprauer, Vocational Services Manager or visit our Website at www.triunehg.com to make a referral.

Stephen L. Sprauer MS, CRC, CDMS
Manager of Vocational Services

TRIUNE Health Group

Amanda Ortman has successfully concluded another file that is going to close as a placement result. In this case, the injured worker (IW) had been employed as a firefighter/paramedic with additional "dated" work experience as an assistant manager in a retail setting. The IW was 37 years of age and had sustained a cervical disc herniation, head contusion and had ongoing issues with headaches. The IW had been released to medium level work, which precluded his RTW with the municipality where he was employed.
During the initial meeting with the IW, he reported that he was moving to Texas and Amanda was asked to handle the file/job placement effort on a long distance basis by our account. Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST), Job Development and all other aspects of the handling of this file were completed over the phone or via electronic communication means.
As everything related to this file needed to be handled, "long distance" the file was open for upwards of 7 months. The IW secured an Area Supervisor position with a national retail department store chain at a competitive wage for this type of work. Amanda was persistent and aggressive in her expectations for the IW and this clearly affected the outcome of the case.
Amanda and every member of the Vocational Team at TRIUNE Health Group would welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you.

Less than a year before Thomas Kinkade’s tragic death, he released a painting titled “Selfless Service,” which would be one of his last. In it, the “Painter of Light” depicts a fireman stepping out of ashes and smoke into a shaft of light, turning from the disaster back to his truck, symbol of his duty, for perhaps an-other rescue job or a well-deserved rest.
The artist’s explanation of his painting begins: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He notes that this type of selfless love forms the “foundational bonds that undergird and inextricably link our nation.”
The painting, released last year before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, memorializes the selfless sacrifice of our “beloved first responders.” It salutes the virtue expressed by the “Firemen’s Prayer,” written in 1958 by A.W. “Smokey” Linn after a particularly difficult fire in which three children died trapped behind window security bars.
“Give me the strength to save a life,” the firefighter prays, even if “I am to lose my life.”
This selfless attitude may seem more proper to the heroes of this world, but any one of us could echo his prayer in regard to our own lives: “I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect their property.” We can live this same virtue because we all have opportunities for service that, although they may not be life-threatening, demand a similar level of selflessness.
Perhaps some of us would rather die than to give up our pride, our plans, comfort, laziness, or money. We may generally accept the idea of service, but not the “selfless” nature of it. Thus we may satisfy ourselves by giving from our excess, rather than giving what we find more costly and more personal.
For example, this Christmas season, we may give a “safe” amount of money to charity, something that sooths our conscience but doesn’t require us to sacrifice an extra self-indulgence. Or we may limit our holiday socializing to safe, superficial topics, without sharing our personal thoughts, insights and the beliefs that give hope and meaning to our lives.
The virtue of service calls us to go further, to give of ourselves in a personal way, to share our human experience rather than a collection of Confucius-style advice or media-popularized opinions.
It prompts us to give those things that we think we need, for those who need them more. It inspires us to give even when no one else is watching to praise and admire us.

We laud the selfless service of firefighters who rescue countless lives from the horror of lethal flames. Yet all around us, there are people who are living the pain of a different kind of flame. They might be watching their homes and families go up in smoke due to financial or interpersonal “fires.” They may feel surrounded and trapped by destruction with no idea of how to escape.
Kinkade himself, who dedicated his career to inspire joy and peace in others and transmit life-affirming messages through art, met his death under tragic circumstances earlier this year. After a relapse of the alcoholism that plagued him, he died, separated from his family, at the age of 54 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium.

Sometimes those who seem most successful on the outside are battling the most raging fires on the inside. They call for our help, a rescue, our selfless service.
Yet it is also important to go and meet them where they are. Thus, our action is not to change others according to our plans for them, but rather to do our best to offer them help when they are ready for it. We could look at it in terms of the service we expect from a fine restaurant: we want a waiter who is always there when we need him, and disappears when we want to enjoy our meal in peace. In the same way, we should anticipate the needs of those around us, try to help and serve, while not interfering or becoming a nuisance in their lives.
Those who are suffering around us can-not offer a reward, because they do not know if they will have anything left to give when the fire burns out. In this case, virtue is its own reward. When we give, we receive.
Life takes on a new meaning when we live it in service of others. Perhaps “a life of service” should be touted right up there with “skydiving” and “bungee jumping,” because it is an extreme experience you shouldn’t miss out on if you really want to “live it up.”
Practicing the virtue of selfless service this month will do more for your Christmas spirit than more lights on your house, candles around your home, gifts under the tree, and types of cookies on your table. This is what Christmas is all about, a time when we celebrate the birth of one who came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Venite Adoremus! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers!
Genevieve Pollock M.S. Clinical Psychology
Action Items
  • What type of crises or life experiences mark your past? Sickness? Death of a child? Addiction? You are uniquely qualified to help those who have passed through similar events. Share your story with someone who is still struggling.
  • In the workplace or at home, do an act of service that no one will see. Resist the temptation to take credit for it later.
  • Imagine today that every customer and client will give you a tip after you meet with them. Serve them in a way that you would if you were rewarded monetarily.

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest speeches in American history, was an act of surrender.  What else could a man do in such a moment of crisis, as our nation, not even a century old, was tearing itself apart from the inside out? He gave this address on the bloodiest battlefield of the Civil War, where northerners and southerners, self-proclaimed enemies of the same family, were now united again in death.
This war, Lincoln said, was a test, to see whether a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” could endure. He consecrated the battleground as a cemetery  for all those Americans from both sides who surrendered their lives so that this nation could live.
Then he challenged his listeners to dedicate themselves to finish the work that these fallen soldiers “so nobly advanced.”
Lincoln called on the nation to follow in the same path of surrender, to “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”
He exhorted all Americans to re-solve in that moment “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The president’s address, given 149 years ago this November 19th, was short but successful. History shows that the nation did in fact pass that test, and endured through that crisis.

Although the southern states gave the official surrender to end the war, the entire nation took part.
Americans on all sides surrendered their hatred, prejudice, anger, and pride. It was a long process, but every-one learned to give up a little of their individualism for the good of the nation. They put aside selfish goals in favor of unity, and sacrificed resentment for the sake of forgiveness. In this way, we are indebted to them for their surrender, which left our nation intact for the future generations.

Surrender, especially in times of war, is usually seen as a negative act (or a positive step when initiated by the enemy). In a few days we commemorate the big surrender that ended World War I -- one can only imagine what that day was like for the Germans who surrendered and the Allies who were declared the winners.
Yet, outside of these more dramatic examples in history, experience shows us that surrender is a necessary part of daily life and an important step toward personal peace.
As we go along in life pursuing our various goals, we often do not realize how selfishness and individualism can creep in. It is usually not until conflict comes that we suddenly see how our desire is opposed to someone else’s. The only way out of the conflict is for one or both parties to surrender.
This can happen often in relationships: trouble erupts when two people stand resolutely against each other, neither wanting to budge. It can also happen when one person, through egoism, pursues self-seeking goals at the expense of the common good. In these circumstances, it is key to know how to gracefully surrender, to give oneself up.
Surrender is opposed to selfishness; it can imply delivering over power or possession to another, or it can mean to give oneself up to some influence or course.
We know that we will not get our own way all the time. If we lack the capacity to surrender our will and our plans when necessary, we will experience more resentment, anger and fear.
In order to restore our serenity, we must be able to surrender our desires and let go of the need to be in control. There are a million ways to practice this in daily life as small frustrations and setbacks confront us. Remembering the bigger picture can help us to look be-yond the temporary sting of not getting what we want. It can help us to move beyond our-selves to a plane where we live for higher values, for the greater good.
Moments of surrender can be moments of refocusing our lives on what is truly important. It can be a time to ask our-selves if perhaps there is a greater plan for our lives that goes beyond our limited vision.
Like Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, it can be the key point that turns the tide in our own history, where we pick ourselves up from petty conflict to live for something greater. In this way we leave a legacy for those who come after us, a family and nation that will inspire gratitude in the generations to come.
Genevieve Pollock M.S. Clinical Psychology

Monika Dabrowiecka recently assisted in the Job Placement of a 54-year-old Injured Worker (IW) who had been employed as a Concrete Finisher for the past 16 years.  The IW was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and was precluded from returning to his past job.  The IW was referred for Job Placement 16 months post his Date of Injury (DOI). 

The IW had some distant accounting work experience and actually possessed a BA Degree in Accounting.  The IW had worked as a Controller in the late 80’s.  The IW also had a valid real estate broker’s license.  In addition, the IW had 11 years of volunteer experience for various Churches and non-profit organizations.  The IW was not proficient in current software applications to qualify for accounting positions and in this case, the Account did not authorize funding for such training.  With the real estate market down-turn, the real estate license was not felt to be a viable full-time work option either.  Monika did refer the IW to several free basic computer courses in an effort to upgrade/update his skills.
Job Seeking Skills Training was provided for the IW and Monika assisted with Job Development on his behalf.  The IW was consistent in his Job Search efforts and showed a strong desire to RTW.  After numerous overtures and visits to a non-profit serving a developmentally handicapped population, the IW secured a full-time “Direct Support Person” position at a residential facility which offered competitive compensation and excellent benefits.
Placement efforts occurred over a 5-month period and at a cost of just under $9000.00.  Monika Dabrowiecka and the other members of the TRIUNE Health Group Vocational Department Team would welcome the opportunity to assist you on your next Vocational referral.

TRIUNE Health Group