Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM CST - 11:00:00 AM CST
Join us for a free NIOSH Center for Workers' Compensation Studies (CWCS) webinar on Thursday, March 23, 12-1pm Eastern, in which CWCS will discuss proposed changes to improve workers' compensation patient encounters and care. Event Schedule (all times Eastern): 12:00-12:45pm: CWCS Presentation; 12:45-1:00pm: General Audience Q/A. Presentation Summary: In the US, every year there are more than one million workplace injuries or illnesses severe enough that days are lost from work. Injured workers require medical care and careful attention to factors that will help them recover their ability to work, but American medical practice focuses on disease diagnosis and treatment, with little attention paid to functional ability. In the workers' compensation arena, health care providers must address issues such as causation, functional impact and return-to-work planning, issues that are not represented in the most widely used payment systems, based on codes and coding rules designed for primary care and other group practice settings. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) supports modifying the rules for documentation of care in workers' compensation in order to provide reimbursement and other incentives to deliver care that adheres to best practices, including focus on assessing and improving patient function. The recommended changes include alternative ground rules for documentation and coding evaluation and management encounters, physician case management services and consultation services as they relate to workers' compensation care. These alternative rules may be adopted by states or payers seeking to realign incentives toward improved functional and clinical outcomes and decreased costs. Speakers include: Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use. CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias. Presentations will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.