A Practical Guide
This course will help you make a difference in challenging cases – right from the start. A very small fraction of new injuries end up consuming 80% of total effort and expense – and roughly half of them did not need to end up that way. Today there are evidence-based methods to quickly (and objectively) identify patients at risk for poor outcomes, as well as evidence-based methods to intervene early and mitigate that risk. Routine screening tests can identify high-risk cases early – if used systematically. However, if we want to beat the odds and improve outcomes, the evidence is clear that we have to do something different with these individuals. Physicians should put high-risk cases onto a separate treatment pathway that will address specific issues. The claims organization needs to take a different approach too. In this session, you will learn about effective and practical screening tools, enhanced treatment techniques, as well as the operational processes and collaborative relationships required to make this possible. Dr. Jonathan Torres, a Maine-based occupational medicine physician who has put all of this successfully into practice and serves as Medical Director of St. Mary’s WorkMed, will share what he has done and how he did it. Dr. Jennifer Christian, a nationally known expert on this topic and President of Webility Management, will share how other providers, employers, and claims operations have also deployed these ideas. You will leave full of ideas for how to move this forward in your own organization.
Approved for 1.25 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, and HRCI general (HR) credits.