Opioids can act as a double-edged sword. Injured workers who use opioids to gain relief from pain may gradually become physically dependent on these substances. As their tolerance to these drugs increases, they may discover that they need more and more of these medications to gain pain relief.
Any workplace injury may have a major impact on an employer’s bottom line. For an employer, the cost of an on the job accident is more than just medical costs. The costs of workplace injuries and illnesses include both direct and indirect costs.
In an effort to determine best practices involving Workers’ Compensation issues, it is beneficial to examine recent trends. Three of the prevalent recent trends include the use of telemedicine, Return to Work programs, and opioid control.
A Return to Work (RTW) program is a plan or system that an employer implements to bring an injured employee back to the workplace as soon as possible. It involves providing the injured worker with modified or transitional work that meets doctor approved restrictions.
The experience modification factor is a method used by Workers’ Compensation insurers to distinguish businesses in a specific risk class with fewer expected losses from those with greater expected losses.
A successful return to work program accommodates bringing an injured employee back to work as early as possible within doctor prescribed restrictions.