Most employers are well aware of how important it is to safeguard the health of their employees. Even so, every 7 seconds, a U.S worker is injured on the job. This translates to nearly 13,000 workers injured each day and close to 4.6 million people a year. 1 These figures are staggering, but the best part is, they are preventable.
Workplace injuries have a ripple effect on the company’s bottom line, leading to decreased employee productivity, significant medical costs, overwhelming paperwork, and absenteeism, not to mention missed deadlines. For this reason, there’s a massive need for the benefits that OccMed provides to help employers maintain a healthy workforce while reducing the overall healthcare costs for employers.
In our experience working with OccMed, we’ve noticed that employers are seeking the following from their OccMed partnerships:
A single location for all employee needs and one that is closer to the workplace can facilitate follow-up visits and completion of full treatment plans. Providing specialists, such as physical therapists under the same roof makes it easier for employees to engage with their health, make a full recovery and return to work sooner. The elimination of time spent traveling to and from multiple facilities and having access to better quality of care helps to ensure the entire care process is faster and more effective, essentially “one stop shop.”
We’ve found that one of the things that set OccMed facilities apart from other service providers is effective communication.
Effective case management requires a clear line of communication with the employers, physicians and insurance providers. The ability to recognize, communicate, and quickly solve employer problems will keep an OccMed facility a step ahead of other healthcare providers.
Open and frequent communication with employer clients supports patient follow-through on treatments with a better understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. It also shows that the occupational therapy program is not only committed to providing the best medical care but also interested in great customer service.
Fast Diagnosis, Treatment, and Return to Work
Primary care professionals can treat injured employees, but they’re likely to prescribe treatment options that include medication and bed rest. This approach can result in keeping employees out of work longer. Absenteeism can cost employers four times as much as medical care in lost productivity.2
Clinicians in OccMed are likely to diagnose and prescribe treatment for work-related injuries more quickly. OccMed clinicians may start by visiting the worksite, if and when possible, to understand the nature of the work environment before developing a treatment plan designed to hasten the recovery process.
Compliance with Safety and Health Policy Guidelines
Employers seek OccMed facilities that are compliant with the legal and ethical guidelines and OSHA standards related to health care practice.
They rely on the expertise of the OccMed provider to keep them compliant and provide compliant services based on the current regulations and standards. OccMed facilities are seen as valuable candidates when they can provide appropriate information and guidelines. This is where an EHR software with regulatory guidelines, updates and documentation can make a difference.
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- National Safety Council, “Workplace Injuries,” 2020
- Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), “Press Release: Poor Health Costs,” 2018