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Early Return to Work o Remain at Work Services o Transitional Work o Vocational Rehabilitation
Question…. . Which type of injury is most costly to an employer? o o A severe traumatic injury to an employee involving multiple fractures; or, A mild injury to an employee diagnosed as a low back sprain/strain.
The Importance of Early Return to Work “…medical care costs correlate not with the severity of diagnosis, as might be predicted, but the length of time workers remain out on disability. ” Disability Management Akabas, Galvin and Gates The American Management Association
Indirect Cost Of Lost Time Is Four Times the Direct Cost vs. Indirect Cost
Direct vs. Indirect Costs • Medical costs • Hiring replacements • Compensation costs (insured costs) • Training replacements • BWC claim reserves • Legal expenses • Overtime (lost work) • Product/tool damage • Production delays • Loss of business (customer good will)
Cost Impact of Early Return to Work Reduce payment of lost-time compensation • Direct impact on reserves • Indirect impact on premiums • • Helps improve your safety and financial goals Benefits employer and employee
Benefits Of Early Return to Work Programs o o o Reduces costs Reinforces management’s commitment to employee welfare Improves morale/company loyalty Maintains quality/production Enhances ADA compliance Increases safety and prevents future injuries (i. e. ergonomic improvements)
Benefits to the Injured Worker o o o Recovers more quickly Experiences a smoother transition back to regular duty Receives a full, regular paycheck Jobs skills stay current Maintains work relationships Problems related to inactivity decrease
Remain at Work
Goal of Remain at Work Services to injured workers with Medical Only Claims to prevent Lost Time
Eligibility § Injured Worker has a Medical Only Claim. § Injured Worker is experiencing difficulty at work due to the allowed condition. § The employer, injured worker or physician has identified the difficulty.
What is Transitional Work? • Work-site program for workers with physical restrictions • Focus on progressing the worker to a specific job • Program is time limited and individualized
Transitional Work Program o May include progressive conditioning, on-site work activities, and education for safe work practices. o May include job modification or alternative work assignments.
Light Duty o o Light duty is opened ended No therapeutic goals defined Transitional Work o o Transitional work has a starting and ending date Offers work hardening or otherapeutic benefits
Light Duty o o Responsibilities of employer or employee are not outlined No alternative plan if light duty fails Transitional Work o o Responsibilities are clearly defined in writing Alternative plan will be developed
Philosophy needed o Buy-in by top management o Labor/employee involvement o Commitment for openness o Confidentiality o Policy that is logical and fair
Transitional Work Program Basic Elements n n n Corporate analysis Labor/employee involvement Policy / Procedure Functional job analyses Program evaluation mechanism
BWC’s Transitional Work Employer Grant Programs o o Transitional Work. GRANT$ for employers with 50 or more employees Transitional Work. GRANT$ EZ for employers with 1 -49 employees
Information on BWC’s Transitional Work Grant Programs o www. ohiobwc. com >Ohio employers >Transitional Work. GRANT$
Vocational Rehab Eligibility o o o Lost time claim Continued physical restrictions IW is not working and on compensation on date of referral such as TT, NWWL, PTD, Salary continuation in lieu of TT
Vocational Rehab Eligibility-cont’d o o IW at MMI or received a PPI award and not on comp (lost time claim, continued physical restrictions) Job Retention-IW is working but has a previous lost time claim, continued problems related to allowed condition(s) of claim documented by POR and employer
The Return to Work Hierarchy (OAC 4123 -18 -05) Injured workers return to work as follows: o Same job, same employer o Different job, same employer o Same job, different employer o Different job, different employer o Skill enhancement, short-term training may help at any step in return to work.
What strategies do we use at each step of the hierarchy? o If returning to same job, same employer? o If returning to a different job, same employer? o If returning to same job, different employer? o If returning to a different job, different employer?
Questions about early return to work and remain at work programs?