Corporate on site health center’s and managing the costs of employee injury; A new study shows chiropractic keeps costs down.

Corporate on site health center’s and managing the costs of employee injury; A new study shows chiropractic keeps costs down.

Most people are unaware of the politics behind who delivers care in a workers compensation setting and who is most cost effective. Our experience with most of these centers is that they often fail to cost effectively help injured employees with musculoskeletal injuries. Some employees out of frustration will visit these clinics and then see their chiropractor on the side to help them get out of pain. While on the surface, it looks like the clinic helped that patient, in reality, it was the chiropractor the patient employed who helped cost effectively return that patient back to employment.

In NJ, few patients are ever referred to chiropractors, even though many studies have shown that chiropractic care helps keep those costs in check. My brother in law who works for Crawford and helps manage many of these cases sees how the chiropractor helps keep costs down, and it puzzled why in NJ, simply getting a referral to a chiropractor is like climbing mount Olympus, unless the workers comp carrier policy was written out of state.

A new study suggests chiropractic care is part of the solution, and that chiropractors should be employed in those on site workers compensation clinics to keep the costs of care in check. You can read a short summary of the study here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22814652.

If you are ever injured at work, and need conservative care, chiropractic is your best and most cost effective option. It is also an option that may help you avoid surgery, a modality in many cases that is avoidable with the right conservative approach.

How to proceed if you are injured at work and need to file under workers compensation.

1. File a report with your employer.

2. Find out if your employer requires you to visit a specific doctor or clinic. If not, visit the doctor of your choosing, give him your information and get initial authorization to treat from your employer.

3. Have your doctor call the insurance company to get authorization to treat.

4. If you are out of work for more than a week, file for temporary disability. If you have chosen the right doctor, they can often get you back to work sooner. Some companies will allow modified duties with lifting restrictions while others will not, which can affect whether you can come back to work sooner.

Let me know what you think. As always, I would like to hear your opinions too.