Workers' Compensation

When workers get hurt on the job, it's important to keep the patient as the priority while monitoring an employer's business concerns. Gundersen Health System's Occupational Health Services can help employers manage Workers' Compensation cases and get employees back on the job.

Gundersen's Workers' Compensation services have a return to work focus. It's designed to:

  • Diagnose employee conditions quickly
  • Communicate promptly about employee work status
  • Help find appropriate modified duty assignments for employee
  • Develop relationships between our providers, support staff and the employer

Gundersen has a Workers' Compensation case manager that helps facilitate communication between the employee, the employer, and the care providers. The case manager can help evaluate options available, and assist in coordinating the best, quality care in a cost-effective way. The case manager is also a direct, on-site communication link to the medical providers. The case manager can:

  • Confirm the treatment plan with the medical provider and employee
  • Confirm the ability to return to work to transitional or full duty
  • Provide up-to-date medical status and physical capabilities information
  • Help the employer identify appropriate return to work options
  • Provide support for policy questions
  • Coordinate job-site evaluations and necessary follow-up treatment

Occupational Health Services can also provide some general principles to help employers design modified work duties to accommodate the employee. The duties should:

  • Help build the employee's morale
  • Protect the employee by following the suggestions and restrictions on the status report
  • Reduce indirect expenses from employee replacement and retraining
  • Reduce lost work days and positively impact your workers’ compensation ratio
  • Have value for both you and your employee
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