Here is a link to a column by Karen Garloch of the Charlotte Observer. Ms. Garloch discusses how to reduce medical care expenses, especially for back pain complaints. This is of interest to the workers' compensation community because so many on-the-job injuries involve the spine.
The danger with rampant cost-cutting is that people with serious on-the-job back injuries may find it more difficult to get the appropriate diagnostic services and effective treatment for their pain. Back injuries can be so painful that they are debilitating and disabling, but most injured workers just want to get better and return to work. The last thing the workers' comp community needs is for cost-cutting measures to make it more difficult for workers with serious back pain to regain function and get back to work.