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Disability Management Programs – Handling Employee Claims

Disability Management Programs
Does your company have a comprehensive disabilities management program? If not, you may want to partner with a medical assessment company with expertise in the medical assessment area. Many companies fail to realize the importance of this aspect of employment, and managers find themselves scrambling to catch up after a disability claim is made. Proactive managers and company owners are beginning to realize the benefits of bringing a medical assessment company on board in order to maximize the health of the workplace.
A Healthy Workplace Is a Happy Workplace
First, does your firm have solid HR and Disability policies in place? If not, this is a great place to begin your partnership with a medical assessment company! Having good policies in place supports everyone in the company. Make sure all employees are aware of what your policies are, and that material about the legal aspects of disability claims is readily available. Ensure that managers and supervisors are thoroughly trained in the roles and responsibilities of each party regarding disability.
Better than dealing with the after-effects of workplace injury or illness would be to prevent these through education. A good medical assessment company can create custom workshops for your organization that help to promote safety and assess workplace hazards. These can range from intensive training to simple "Lunch and Learn” seminars.
Clinics are an increasingly popular method of promoting health in the workplace. Many companies now offer a fall Flu Clinic, for example, where vaccinations are available along with reminders of how to prevent the spread of germs. These have been shown to reduce flu-related absenteeism. Screening clinics focused on detecting high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels may identify employees who need preventive treatment. Detecting these "silent killer” problems early can prevent individuals from suffering debilitating heart attacks or strokes. Drug and alcohol dependence screening can also help to identify employees who may need help. Implementing a comprehensive Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) allows these employees and others who may be suffering from stress-related illnesses to access confidential counseling at any time.
Returning Employees to Work
And of course, a good medical assessment company can help you reduce absenteeism by finding ways for employees who may have suffered an injury or illness to return to work. This can be accomplished through various tools, including:
  • IMEs. Independent Medical Evaluations can be requested by employers. Professional evaluators specializing in numerous areas such as neurology, orthopedics, dentistry, or physiotherapy may assess an employee's injuries and treatment. They may be able to suggest alternate therapies, or recommend changes to the workplace that will expedite the employee's return to his or her regular duties.
  • Disability Management Strategies. An experienced company can provide you with tools to proceed through various steps required when disability is an issue. This ensures that you don't lose valuable time.
  • Wellness Programs and Accommodation. An experienced medical assessment company may be able to recommend wellness programs or accommodations that will speed the transition back to work.
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