The Value-Added Benefits of Using MAO for Workers Comp Injuries
Where your employees seek treatment for on-the-job injuries can have a significant impact on the final cost of a claim. At MidAmerica Orthopaedics, patients receive direct access to specialists the same day as their injury. That kind of definitive care from the onset of an injury eliminates delays that can keep employees out of work unnecessarily.
When you choose the best medical services, you benefit your employees, the organization, and your reputation. It’s in your best interest to provide your team with the highest quality of care in the most efficient and timely way possible.
What Makes MidAmerica Orthopaedics Unique
Falls, transportation-related injuries, and accidents involving objects or equipment at work are all too common. The average cost per worker for such injuries in 2019 was $1,100. Fortunately, the financial benefits for employers who include MidAmerica Orthopaedics in their program can outweigh some of those costs.
Employers who use our Workers’ Compensation services appreciate that an injured worker’s needs can all be met under one roof:
- Occupational Medicine Program
- Orthopaedic Immediate Care
- On-site Imaging, including x-ray, MRI, EMG, and Ultrasound
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Ambulatory Surgery Center
Our comprehensive orthopaedic care includes the kind of ancillary services that countless workers rely on to recover from a wide range of injuries. Our offerings encompass everything from immediate care the day of the injury, to diagnostics necessary for treatment, to the therapeutic services a worker will need to fully recover.
How We Save You Money
Direct-to-specialist care at MidAmerica Orthopaedics minimizes waiting times and results in a faster turnaround for patients. We strike a balance between two important goals: managing costs to your business and providing quality care to your employees. Past studies have shown that a direct-to-specialist approach like ours can save significantly on workers’ compensation claims in comparison to a more traditional managed care approach.
When a worker is out, there are additional administrative and managerial costs, as well as hours lost supervising temporary replacements. Referring workers to us will minimize these related costs as much as possible to offset the overall costs of your workers’ compensation claims.
Immediate Treatment for Common Workers’ Comp Claims
Injured employees sent to MidAmerica are seen immediately. An injured employee could be back to work on a modified schedule as early as the same or next day.
It’s worth noting that we specialize in treatments for some of the most common workplace injuries in the country. According to the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health:
- Musculoskeletal conditions account for more than half of all nonfatal worker injuries in the US that involve days away from work.
- Low back pain affects roughly 80 percent of adults at some point.
- Millions of workdays are lost each year due to these types of conditions.
Our services treat musculoskeletal conditions at one location under the direct supervision of an orthopaedic specialist. By handling every aspect of care, MidAmerica lowers the overall cost of the employer’s workers’ compensation claims.
The Downsides of Waiting
With typical medical providers, there is often a delay of a week or longer before patients get the treatment they need. The time an employee spends recovering from an injury can take a toll on your bottom line.
Let’s say an employee trips at work and sustains a hand injury. An electromyography (EMG) test might be necessary to evaluate the muscles and nerves, get a proper diagnosis, and determine whether the patient requires surgery. Other medical facilities will require an initial appointment for the patient to obtain a referral for a specialist. That process wastes precious time for injured workers as well as their employers.
Your employee could be out of work for an extra two weeks waiting for their appointment because the adjuster has not reviewed the file.
MidAmerica’s Highly-Regarded Workers Comp Services
Over time we have earned a strong reputation for our workers’ compensation services among the professionals who understand the issue the most: human resources directors, risk managers, insurance adjusters, and ER physicians.
Still, we understand that choosing which programs to include takes time. Look for a balance between what you will pay, what your employee will pay, and what the plan offers. But don’t overlook the quality of coverage. What initially appears to be a great option for you might not provide your employees with the care to get them back on the job as soon as possible.
Neither reasonable costs nor quality care should be sacrificed. Talk to a specialist from MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ Workers’ Compensation Services to learn more about our program and how direct-to-specialist care can benefit you and your employees.