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A systematic approach to provider based disability management.
|Title:||A systematic approach to provider based disability management.|
|Authors:||Smith, P J|
|Issue Date:||Dec 2001|
|Abstract:||Tacit within the treatment goals of every workers' compensation case is timely return of the worker to pre-injury status. Assigned disability status must truly reflect the extent of medical impairment and functional limitations affecting return to his/her customary job. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) awards with associated legal involvement are widely acknowledged as a major cost driver within the Workers' Compensation system. Medical providers are encouraged to become pro-active disability management specialists for each workers' compensation case. Provider review of critical process checkpoints and integration of medical treatment with disability guidelines maximize benefits to the injured employee and the employer. This in turn enhances providers' control of patient care with less emphasis on external case managers.|
|Appears in Collections:||Hawaii Medical Journal Articles For 2001|
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