Employment physicals and drug screenings are examples of services that employers purchase directly from area medical providers. When organizing these services, employers have an opportunity to discuss post-injury treatment for employees with workers’ compensation claims. Key topics include communication protocols, transitional work opportunities, wait time, and other issues that are important in the management of a workers’ compensation claim.
Employers should also become familiar with the physicians and medical services that employees utilize. Physical therapy clinics, orthopedic specialists, and urgent care facilities are examples of medical resources that can bring value to employees. They can also help employers organize a comprehensive approach to their workers’ compensation program.