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03 Apr
Dr. David Sack Named Managed Care Advisors’ Chief Medical Officer
Congratulations to David Sack, MD, MS, FACOEM who was recently named Managed Care Advisors' Chief Medical Officer.
April 3, 2017
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27 Dec
MCA Chief Medical Officer Co-Authors ACOEM Quality Care in Workers’ Compensation Guidance Statement
"Workers’ compensation occupies a unique niche in the worlds of both medical care and disability insurance. Despite this, current compensation systems almost uniformly adhere to the CMS rules for applying the CPT system, which causes misalignment of reimbursement for necessary physician activities regarding functional ability and work-relatedness."
December 27, 2016
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28 Sep
Managed Care Advisors Recognized by Inc. Magazine as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016
Managed Care Advisors (MCA) ranked #2938 in this year’s Inc. 5000, an annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Winning multiple federal government contracts, and doubling its workforce, MCA achieved a three-years sales growth of 117%.
September 28, 2016
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28 Sep
Managed Care Advisors’ Chief Operating Officer, Daryl Whitman, Joins the MCCC Board of Directors
Daryl Whitman, Managed Care Advisors' COO and Senior Vice President, has joined the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Mr. Whitman has over 19 years of experience in managed care, specialty health care programs, and project management. His experience has focused on turnaround management, standing up new organizations and functions, and optimizing operating and financial results.
September 28, 2016
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02 Mar
Managed Care Advisors Opens Satellite Office in Florida
Lake Mary, March 2, 2016 – Managed Care Advisors (MCA), headquartered in Bethesda, MD, today announced it has opened a new office in Lake Mary, Florida. MCA is a certified woman-owned small business specializing in employee benefits, disability management, absence management, medical case management, and claims management with a unique expertise and suite of products specific to Federal Workers’ Compensation.
March 2, 2016
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22 Feb
Dr. Cloeren’s Interactive Webinar Provides An Intro to the PDMP Database
A new survey finds that barely half of the nation’s physicians realize they can check a database at any time to determine if their patients are abusing opioids. The survey was coupled with an interactive webinar presented by Marianne Cloeren, MD.
February 22, 2016
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05 Jan
FAR Council Moves Soles Source Contracts For WOSB Forward
As one of the federal government’s last acts of 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued an interim rule on December 31, 2015, to immediately allow contracting officers to award sole source contracts in the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) procurement program.
January 5, 2016
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09 Dec
Dr. Marianne Cloeren, Joins the Spine 10 X 25 Coalition’s Tactical Team
Dr. Marianne Cloeren was recently selected to be a member of the Spine 10 X 25 Coalition’s Tactical Team. The Coalition Task Force will be charged with creating the tactics for achieving the Spine 10 X 25 Initiative’s goal of securing a 10% reduction in United States spine-related disability by 2025.
December 9, 2015
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07 Dec
Lisa Firestone: 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner
The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities.
December 7, 2015
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19 Dec
Senate Passes Women’s Small Business Provision in Defense Bill
“The federal marketplace is an enormous opportunity,” said Lisa Firestone of Managed Care Advisors of Bethesda, Maryland.
December 19, 2014
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20 Nov
Lisa Firestone Receives MCCC Small Business Leader of the Year Award
“The success of Managed Care Advisors is the result of hard work, dedication, focus and having an incredible team of employees and advisors."
November 20, 2014
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06 Nov
How Women-Owned Businesses Can Win Government Contracts
Lisa Firestone, president and CEO of Managed Care Advisors, a health-care consultancy, cautioned against trying to be everything to everybody.
November 6, 2014
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26 Jul
6 Owners Making Millions from Government Work
Lisa Firestone was featured in CNBC’s article on 6 owners making millions from government work.
July 26, 2014
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02 May
MCA Medical Director led team that updated expected competencies of OEM Physicians
Occupational and environmental medicine focuses on the interactions between work and health.
May 2, 2014
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26 Jan
15 Small Business Owners Share What They Wish They’d Known When They First Started
Lisa Firestone was featured in Business Insiders article on lessons learned from 15 small business ceos.
January 26, 2014
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19 Dec
Small business advice: Hoping to sell to the government? Then start being a PEST.
“What I have learned is that there really in no “special consideration” but just an opportunity to level the playing field. While certifications can get your business noticed by government agencies, being a woman-owned, veteran-owned, small business, HUB Zone, and/or 8(a) organization guarantees you nothing.”
December 19, 2013
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19 Nov
Lisa Firestone featured in Success Magazine: How she grew MCA by letting go.
Servicing federal government contracts was a huge opportunity with the potential to take the business to the next level.
November 19, 2013
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18 Nov
MCA is proud to announce our recent BPA with the DHS
Managed Care Advisors Wins BPA Contract Award from The Department of Homeland Security for Workers’ Compensation Medical Case Management Services.
November 18, 2013
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16 Oct
Women Business Owners Feel Pinch of Government Shutdown – WIPP Legislative Update
As the shutdown stretches into its third week, women business owners are anxious to see a resolution of the government shutdown and impending debt ceiling crisis. In two days, the U.S. government will be at risk of defaulting on its financial obligations, due to a failure to increase the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Congress does not appear to have reached agreement on reopening the federal government.
October 16, 2013
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16 Oct
Lisa Firestone speaks before the Senate Committee of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Hearing entitled: "Small business speak, surviving the government shutdown?"
October 16, 2013
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15 Oct
Small Businesses Taking Shutdown Hit
Owners from ten different small businesses testified today in front of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Each witness emphasized the long term effects of the shutdown and urged federal lawmakers to open the government. “There is nothing to do but sit, wait and lose the precious resources of time and money,” said Managed Care Advisors CEO Lisa Firestone.
October 15, 2013
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19 Jul
How to land federal business in the fourth quarter, By MCA President Lisa Firestone
GSA acquisitions are especially attractive to the government during the fourth quarter when time is of the essence.
July 19, 2013
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15 Jul
MCA Presents at the 2013 CMSA Conference on Opioids as a Barrier to Worker Recovery
MCA’s very own Barbara DeGray and Aimee Uhrig shed light on a very important topic to workers’ compensation: opioids. Their presentation for the Annual Case Management Society of America Conference highlighted opioid-induced barriers for employers, injured workers, and case managers and discussed methods of overcoming those barriers.
July 15, 2013
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24 Jun
Government Contracting: Still a Smart Growth Strategy for 2013, by MCA President Lisa Firestone
No doubt the current economic and political climate has impacted government contracting, putting a shadow of doubt over procurements that have been scheduled and adding pressure to reduce spending on contracted services. Amidst this backdrop, business owners may wonder if government contracting is still a smart growth strategy in 2013. I’m optimistic, and here’s why.
June 24, 2013
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01 May
SBA Launches New Program for Women Contractors
Lisa Firestone, president and chief executive of Managed Care Advisors, a worker’s compensation and disability management specialist consulting firm in Bethesda, was at a launch event for the initiative. Eighty-five percent of Managed Care Advisors’ work comes from government contracts, but she said she sometimes finds it challenging to win them.
May 1, 2013
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12 Dec
MCA Wins U.S. Government Contract with Transportation Security Administration for Medical Case Management Services
Managed Care Advisors, Inc. (MCA), a woman-owned small business specializing in workers’ compensation case management services, employee benefits and disability management consulting, was awarded a $21 million contract over five years.
December 12, 2012
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07 Dec
Firestone’s Dynamic Leadership Drives Bethesda Health Care Firm
Firestone, 53, has watched her company, Managed Care Advisors in Bethesda, grow from a two-person peer consulting business to a 37-employee workers’ compensation case management business that includes consulting. She is its founder, CEO and president. The company has been on a bit of roll, with revenues growing 38 percent from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011. She’s looking at 37 percent growth in fiscal 2012 and projecting at least 43 percent for fiscal 2013, though she would not disclose specific numbers.
December 7, 2012
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05 May
The Perks and Perils of Telecommuting
From large federal agencies and private corporations to small business enterprises, employers are enabling more employees to work away from the main place of business. This trend also brings new challenges. Taking a proactive approach to managing the perks and perils of remote work can bring good outcomes for both the employee and the employer.
May 5, 2012
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10 Mar
Workplace Wellness and Recovery May Improve Productivity and Insure Business Survival
Firestone writes that more and more employers are engaging in worksite wellness programs that lower health care costs. “In fact, according to American Journal of Health Promotion every $1 invested in a corporate wellness program returns $4 in reduced health care costs and $5 in reduced absenteeism over a period of three to five years,” she writes.
March 10, 2012
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02 Mar
Minority-owned Small Contractors Invest More, Take Longer to Win
Lisa Firestone, president of health care contractor Managed Care Advisors in Bethesda, said getting on the GSA schedule and learning to use it was key for her company. At one point, she said she realized she was in the wrong GSA category and switched. Now, 80 percent of her contracts come through the schedule.
March 2, 2012
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06 Feb
Want to Attract and Retain Top Talent? Offer Remote Work or Telecommuting
To attract and retain skilled and creative employees, many companies are overlooking a perk that could help them snag top hires: The chance to work away from the office. All companies from small to large and across industries are able to offer this as a perk -“ with a plan in mind. Size should not dictate whether a company offers remote work or telecommuting. So what does it take?
February 6, 2012
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29 Dec
MCA Medical Director Features in 10 Myths and Facts About Workers’ Compensation
The LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community and the award-winning blog Work Comp Roundup have teamed up to present some common myths and facts about workers’ compensation. Our contributors represent different segments of the workers’ compensation industry.
December 29, 2011
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16 Dec
Exchanges will help firms amid uncertainty
As a health care professional, I have always made employer sponsored health insurance a business priority. However, over the past several years it has become an increasingly difficult benefit to maintain, manage and afford.
December 16, 2011
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18 Apr
How to Use Nurse Case Management to Lower Federal (FECA) Workers’ Compensation Costs
After spending years in the alphabet soup of federal contracting, Managed Care Advisors (MCA) has thrown its hat in the ring of acronyms-as-words with CARE: Concentrated Action for Recovery Employment. They take a special approach to nurse case management.
April 18, 2011
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18 Mar
Contract Case Managers Prove Effective in Federal Workers’ Compensation Programs
Objective: This pilot study examined whether contract case managers are cost effective in reducing workers' compensation (WC) costs and preventing injuries. Methods: We placed contract medical case managers at four installations where they employed private industry best practices.
March 18, 2008
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27 Sep
TSA Screeners’ injury claims to be screened
This month, the TSA hired Managed Care Advisors of Maryland and Innovations Group of Arizona for $17 million over five years. The contractors will review medical records of injured employees and recommend ways to get them back to work.
September 27, 2005
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23 Sep
Injured Amtrak Workers Kept Active in Volunteer Programs
By placing recovering employees in volunteer positions with nonprofit organizations, Amtrak is providing much needed help to cash-strapped groups while helping its own employees get back on track to regular duty faster. Managed Care Advisors Inc. (MCA) acts as a consultant on the program.
September 23, 2004
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