Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

Injured at Work?

MidAmerica Orthopaedics has built a strong reputation for workers’ compensation services among human resources directors, risk managers, insurance adjusters and ER physicians. Learn more about MidAmerica Orthopaedics' Workers’ Compensation Program and maintain the highest quality of care for your employees by exploring our areas of expertise.

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Outpatient Surgery Center

Outpatient Surgery Center

An integral part of MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ “Center of Excellence”

Palos Hills Surgery Center

Palos Hills Surgery Center is an integral part of MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ “Center of Excellence” and comprehensive program of high quality, cost effective patient care. We are now able to provide for all aspects of a patient’s spectrum of care from initial evaluation, Radiology, MRI, EMG, Physical and Occupational Therapy at one location. The addition of our Orthopaedic Immediate Care and Occupational Medicine programs allows your employees to now receive their complete care directly by our Orthopaedic Specialists. With Palos Hills Surgery Center both elective and emergency surgery can be performed in a timely manner.

Why else should you choose Palos Hills Surgery Center and MidAmerica Orthopaedics for your workers’ compensation care?

30-40% lower than Hospital outpatient facilities or Hospital owned ASC

As much as 10x lower infection rates than hospital based facilities

What does this mean for your business and workers’ compensation claims?

Direct referrals to our facility will mean that the care of your injured worker will occur in a more timely manner and emergency surgery procedures can be performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center at the time of injury.This eliminates further the need for initial referral to an occupational medicine clinic or hospital emergency room prior to referral to an orthopaedic specialist.

This reduces not only initial costs for these services, but results in more timely treatment of injuries and with our comprehensive workers’ compensation case management allows for much earlier return to work programs getting your employee back to the work place much sooner. This will provide for more effective utilization of your workers’ compensation dollars and cost of claims. Palos Hills Surgery Center is a State of Illinois licensed facility.

Procedures performed at Palos Hills Surgery Center

Emergency Surgery

Knee Surgery

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Pain Management

Hand Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopic Surgery

For more information, please contact David Adam, Director of Workers’ Compensation Services at 708-237-7206. Our workers' compensation patients come to us from Bridgeview, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Worth, Evergreen Park, Burbank and Alsip.

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Ancillary Services

Ancillary Services

At MidAmerica’s “Center of Excellence”

Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care

Ancillary services such as physical and occupational therapy, MRI and EMG are an integral part of the entire spectrum of comprehensive orthopaedic care. How does the ability to provide these services at one location under the direct supervision of your Orthopaedic specialist impact the overall cost of your workers’ compensation claims? It is all about quality, communication, coordination, and timeliness. These four factors are overlooked when choices are made about what location and services are chosen by your insurance carrier when deciding where they will authorize treatment for your employees. The insurance carrier looks only at cost. Remember however, that your insurance carrier is spending your money, not theirs. Furthermore, what are the added costs for disability payments to your injured worker when they are out of work for additional days because therapy cannot be started for a week or longer.

An EMG that needs to be completed to determine if surgery is necessary and your employee is out work for additional two weeks waiting for their appointment because the adjuster has not reviewed the file. Finally consider when an occupational therapist or physical therapist needs to make changes to a patient’s therapy protocol and needs to wait for the next appointment your employee has with their orthopaedic physician before anything can be accomplished. Is this the most effective use of your workers’ compensation dollars?

Contrast this with the care provided at MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ “Center of Excellence”

Progress reports sent within 24 hours and finally language translation. All performed at one location which is familiar to your employee. Yes, quality, communication, coordination, and timeliness. These four factors are significant determinants of the overall costs of your workers’ compensation claims affecting both the medical and disability payments. Therapy instituted the same day as the office visit, therapy protocol changes done instantaneously when your Orthopaedic physician makes daily rounds in therapy and discusses your employee’s care directly with the therapist. MRI and EMG or urgent surgery scheduled for the next day. Direct contact with you, the employer or human resource representative, on the day of the evaluation to update you on your employee’s status and further treatment requirements. With care coordinated and provided at MidAmerica your employees will not only be returned to work sooner, but they will also have improved morale and make it less likely that they will hire an attorney. It shows that you care about them. At MidAmerica’s “Center of Excellence” you get the highest quality of care along with many other benefits which will maximize the overall value of your workers’ compensation dollars. For more information, please contact David Adam, Director of Workers’ Compensation Services at 708-237-7206. Our workers' compensation patients come to us from Alsip, Bridgeview, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Worth, Evregreen Park and Burbank.

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Orthopaedic Immediate Care

Orthopaedic Immediate Care

For Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine programs

Let us be part of your solution

MidAmerica’s Orthopaedic Immediate Care is an integral part of our Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine programs. Why? Orthopaedic Immediate Care means that your employees are seen by our orthopedic specialists right from the beginning when an injury occurs. Definitive care is provided from the onset, whether that individual needs physical or occupational therapy, fracture care, laceration repair, or surgery. Surgical procedures can be performed on an urgent basis at our Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center if necessary.

No longer do your employees need to utilize costly emergency room services or traditional occupational medicine clinics only to then be triaged to a specialist afterwards. Definitive care by our Orthopaedic Specialists means that your injured workers are receiving more cost effective and timely care. This will not only serve to improve their morale following their injury but will also inevitably return them to restricted duty and to the workplace much quicker.

Conditions treated at our Orthopaedic Immediate Care include:

Acute Hand Trauma

Lacerations, Tendon Injuries

Knee, Leg, Ankle, and Foot Injuries

Fractures, Sprains, and Dislocations

Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder Injuries

Back and Neck Injuries

The Costs of Workers' Compensation

We are all aware that disability payments represent over 50% of the cost of a workers’ compensation claim and that the longer an employee is off work and not at the workplace reduces the percentages that they will ever return to full duty work. As an employer you have many aspects to your business. You must provide for the health and safety of your employees, reduce the ancillary costs of conducting business through aggressive risk management while maintaining growth and profitability. Reducing the costs of your workers’ compensation claims is an important component of your risk management program. MidAmerica’s Orthopaedic Immediate Care will allow you to obtain the maximum value for your workers’ compensation dollars and the highest quality of medical care for your employees. For more information, please contact David Adam, Director of Workers’ Compensation Services at 708-237-7206. Our immediate care patients come to us from Evergreen Park, Burbank, Alsip, Bridgeview, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Oak Lawn and Worth.

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Occupational Medicine Program

Occupational Medicine Program

We have a different philosophy about Workers Compensation

Direct to Specialist!

How does MidAmerica Orthopaedics Occupational Medicine program benefit both employers and employees and reduce overall workers compensation costs? While pre-employment physicals, drug testing, safety and risk management are prominent aspects of a company’s occupational medicine program, the fact is that the most costly aspect are injuries, almost all of them being orthopaedic in nature, just not only acute injuries, but chronic conditions as well. Our physician’s experience and prominent reputation in handling workers compensation cases combined with dedicated workers compensation case management, a strong return to work program, in house ancillary services, and a licensed Orthopaedic Surgery Center means that your employee receives their comprehensive care at one location and is returned to restricted work programs as quickly as possible. With one telephone call all the information you require to manage your claim is available.

Benefits of MidAmerica Orthopaedic Occupational Medicine Program

Definitive Care by our Orthopaedic Specialists at the time of injury

Lower costs of claims with direct to specialist referrals

Pre-employment physicals

Drug Testing

Case Management

On-site Occupational/Physical Therapy

Ancillary Services (EMG/MRI scan)

Translation Services (Spanish/Polish)

Orthopaedic Immediate Care

An important aspect of our Occupational Medicine Program is our Direct to Specialist approach for definitive care for acute orthopaedic injuries. This means no more waiting in the emergency room or occupational medicine clinic only to have your employee eventually referred to a specialist. Your orthopedic specialists are on site at the time of injury. With our Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center emergency cases can be handled the same day.

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Direct to Specialist Approach

Direct to Specialist Approach

Highest quality of care for your injured workers

Human Resource Managers are well aware of the factors which rapidly increase the costs of workers’ compensation claims – Time off Work, Delayed Treatment of Injuries, and Prolonged Medical Care. While an early return to work program is imperative to reducing the disability costs of a claim, what about the medical and surgical costs? MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ is dedicated to providing both the highest quality of care for your injured workers and also the most cost effective treatment as well. We believe that “Direct to Specialist Care” provides achieves both of these goals. Why?

Direct to Specialist Care

Direct to Specialist Care allows for timeliness of care for both non-operative and operative conditions. Less time is then spent having your employees see different physicians before they are referred to a specialist. In an acute injury setting this can mean either a savings of several days to a week for the definitive care your employee requires which reduces payments for temporary disability and also allows for quicker return to light duty protocols which also reduces the cost of claims. Furthermore, specialists have defined periods for which injuries are treated in a conservative manner before determining that surgery is required. This does not mean that surgery is considered earlier, but when it determined that non-operative means are no longer working medical care is not continued indefinitely before determining the need for surgery. This significantly impacts costs. Studies have shown significant cost savings, as much as 65% (Acheson et. al.), on workers’ compensation claims with “Direct to Specialist Care” when compared with initial treatment through an Occupational Medicine Clinic or Primary care Physician. Furthermore with our Orthopaedic Immediate Care and Outpatient Surgery Center emergency cases can be treated effectively and definitively at the time the injury occurs again providing for both cost effective and timely care for your injured worker usually eliminating the need for more costly hospital emergency room services and operating facilities.

For more information, please contact David Adam, Director of Workers’ Compensation Services at 708-237-7206. Our workers' compensation patients come to us from Burbank, Alsip, Bridgeview, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Worth and Evergreen Park.

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Direct To Specialist The First Time

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