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Ten Considerations for your Company Doctor

When looking for a company doctor, employers need to consider the following attributes to achieve the best maximum care for injured employees. Your company physician will:


1.  Be responsive to your employees' needs and willing to return employees to the workplace as soon as possible.

2.   Visit your company, become familiar with your operation, and observe the jobs being performed.

3.  Schedule your employees' appointments immediately, without delay, and is flexible in scheduling appointments.

4.  Spend extra time with your injured employees, as needed.

5.  Review your job descriptions and use your forms for transitional duty accommodations.

6.  Provide medical records/reports (if allowed by law) to the insurance company claims adjuster or to you as needed in a timely fashion.

7.   Plus many other considerations...


Learn more about the this topic in the 2012 Workers Compensation Management Program book to design a workers compensation management program.  

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As a risk manager or someone involved in the claims process, be ready for the onslaught of the consequences of layoffs or downsizing.  Not everyone will file a claim for workers comp, but bet the disgruntled employees will, along with a few unexpected employees to now report an injury of some sort in the past. How are these issues controlled and handled proactively? 

When a worker is injured, there is no way to tell of the past medical injury. Typically the common causes of a delay in accepting or denying a workers comp claim will have do to with the adjuster trying to locate past medical records. Here are some tips to try to speed up the process. 

One of the least understood types of workers compensation claims is the psychiatric injury claim. Employers understand the physical injuries like a bone fracture or a laceration, but the mental injury claim is more difficult for employers to accept as a workers compensation claim.  With the psychiatric claim there are often no objective physical findings that can be measured. Learn more about these complicated claims. 

A recent article titled Fuse Workplace Wellness Programs With Recovery, by Lisa Firestone, helps employers in this economy by explaining that maximum efficiency and productivity is essential for continued growth and even survival. Firestone is president and founder of Managed Care Advisors Inc., a woman-owned, employee benefits and disability management consulting and full service workers' compensation case management company.

When Risk and Insurance magazine was considering various companies for the PreVent Award, it was looking for companies that implement safety programs to prevent work place injuries and provide a safe working environment. Honda manufacturing of Indiana allows each manufacturing plant to structure its own safety program around the belief that the local personnel know their own facility better than anyone else. Learn how Honda creates a safer working environment.

Advisen and Amaxx have teamed up to produce this comprehensive but easy to understand desk reference. Avoid common program pitfalls with this lesson plan to cost containment which is the difference between success and failure. New material in 11 chapters! This 183-page step-by-step manual is available with your company logo.
Danielle Lisenbey, chief operating officer for the Medical Management Services of Broadspire announced its first annual Rx Summit in Sunrise, FL March 22. As a leader in the industry, Broadspire's first Pharmacy Issues Summit should prove to be helpful. Each participant is invited to bring one operations executive and one clinical representative. This will be an opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas amongst industry peers that can help to influence positive impacts for all. Contact info ahead. 

California Fraud Case Manuel Perales, 50, of Fontana, Calif., has been charged with two counts of workers compensation insurance fraud, according to the San Bernardino County District, and A Cleveland woman was sentenced recently for fraud after Ohio BWC investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. 

Vermont H 762 is a radical approach to workers compensation in Vermont WC that is set to pass to dealing with the independent contractor problem in workers comp., Volume Three of the LexisNexis eNewsletter Available, Broadspire Holds First Annual Rx Summit, TDI-DWC Launches Redesign of Homepage on the TDI Website, and more in news briefs. 

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud reports that it has charged an Orlando man with workers compensation fraud and grand theft after an investigation claimed he fraudulently collected more than $115,000 in benefits.

OSHA's Houston South Area Office initiated a safety inspection following a complaint alleging that several employees had suffered near amputation incidents while operating machinery. The investigation found many issues and violations. Read on. 

"Employees should be free to exercise their rights under the law without fear of termination or retaliation by their employers," said Gregory Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver. "This lawsuit underscores the Labor Department's commitment to vigorously take action to protect those rights."

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Don't gamble when it comes to Medicare/Medicaid Compliance!  

Gould & Lamb, LLC gather together some of the industry's most respected leaders and experts to provide attendees with 2 full days of compliance education and training, as well as an exciting look into the future of Medicare/Medicaid Compliance.

RIMS Conference and Exhibition is the largest industry conference. If you are new to workers compensation or experienced there are seminars to teach cost containment techniques.

Our premium book includes gaining commitment, employee communications, integrating with your TPA, return to work, medical cost containment, settlements, safety, and much, much more . . .
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