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Date:9/1/2009

de. However, the emphasis must always be on ensuring that the injured worker can readily get to the provider needed.
  • Promote early intervention - For years, employers have heard about the importance of early intervention. However, often there is still a delay between the first report of injury, and the integrated responses of the third party administrator and nurse case managers. To ensure prompt intervention, look for programs that bring medical experts into the process immediately.
  • Emphasize diagnostic capabilities - Recent studies show the overuse of many diagnostic services. For instance, the fastest growing medical expense in workers' compensation is diagnostic radiology. More than $100 billion is spent on imaging each year, and this expense is growing at a rate of 20% annually. Look for PPOs that offer strong diagnostics when needed, but apply evidence-based medicine to ensure the proper use of such services.
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine - Evidence-based medicine relies on scientific studies from a number of sources to provide sound clinical guidance on the types of treatments and therapies that provide the best outcomes.
  • Engage your employees - Employers and supervisors can play an important role in facilitating a safe, prompt return to work for injured employees by keeping them engaged during recovery. Call these employees or send updates routinely; let them know that their contributions are missed.
  • Ensure broad coverage for therapists and counselors - Stress among workers is at an all-time high due to today's economic environment. This stress leads to increases in workplace injuries, lost productivity and absenteeism - primary factors impacting each employer's bottom line. Workers' compensation networks should include a breadth and depth of therapists and counselors. In addition, employers should encourage em
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