CWCS Webinar: Changing Perceptions About Return to Work December 20, 2016

Join us for a free NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) webinar on Tuesday, December 20, 3-4 pm Eastern, in which a panel of esteemed speakers will discuss return to work strategies and the IAIABC paper, “Return to Work: A Foundational Approach to Return to Function.”

Event Schedule (all times Eastern): 3:00-3:45 pm: Presentation; 3:45-4:00 pm: General Audience Q/A.

Event Registration Page: https://niosh-connect.adobeconnect.com/rtw/event/registration.html

CWCS Webinar: Changing Perceptions About Return to Work

Presentation Summary: When a worker is injured on the job, fast, efficient and effective return to function and work results in restoration of health. With continued disconnection from one’s job, including the relationships with co-workers and fulfillment of doing work, it becomes ever more difficult for an injured worker to return to their pre-injury function and in some cases, ever return to meaningful work again.

A paper authored by the Disability Management and Return to Work Committee of the IAIABC discusses the link between return to function and return to work as equally important in restoring a person to health. The discussion paper, “Return to Work: A Foundational Approach to Return to Function,” speaks directly to the various stakeholders in workers’ compensation, including the worker/union, the employer, the government/regulator, the caregiver/provider, the insurer, and the attorney. The paper shares benefits and possible strategies for each group to work toward developing, implementing, and/or supporting return to work as an integral part of return to health. During this webinar, hear from stakeholders who have successfully implemented return to work within their organizations and business models, and the positive outcomes these strategies have had on their organizations.

Speakers include:

Peter Federko, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

Vickie Kennedy, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Dr. Kathryn Mueller, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation

Michael Stack, Amaxx LCC

Sarah Tayts, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

A copy of the IAIABC paper can be accessed here: https://www.iaiabc.org/images/iaiabc/Return-to-Work_Foundational-Approach-to-Return-to-Function_Final.pdf

 

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