Disability Management: What is it and why do we care?. Gideon Letz, MD State Compensation Insurance Fund San Francisco, California Tel: 415 565-1677 e-mail: [email protected] April, 2002. Take Home Message.
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Gideon Letz, MD
State Compensation Insurance Fund
San Francisco, California
Tel: 415 565-1677 e-mail: [email protected]
Communication and Teamwork are essential for successful rehabilitation and prevention of delayed recovery after disabling occupational injury or illness.
Up to 80% of paid indemnity expense is unnecessary ...
Employer has a policy against light duty
The treating doctor is not equipped to determine the right work restrictions
Too little information about the physical demands of the job is provided to the physician
Managed Comp Survey of Industrial Med Physicians April 1998
Sick Role Identity Physicians
Loss of Identity
UncertaintyThe Pain Ladder
90 / 10 THEORY Physicians
CLAIMS MANAGEMENT Physicians
HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK? Physicians
Worker’s Functional Ability
Functional Job Demands
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO A COMPLEX PROBLEM
EmployerCommunication is the Key