Services For Injured Workers
Medical and Rehabilitation Needs of Injured Workers
At HealthBridge, we offer specialized post-acute services that address the medical and rehabilitation needs of injured workers. The key in meeting the unique requirements of our workers’ compensation population is blending the clinical expertise, high staff-to-injured worker ration (clinical and therapy) and the least restrictive setting to allow these injured workers to thrive medically, socially and psychologically.
Injured workers recovering from complex medical issues such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or long-term repercussions stemming from a work-related injury require specialized care, rehabilitation and options to address pain management. Our integrated care team is equipped to address all of these needs. Injured workers will have access to the latest, most innovative treatments, equipment and medical devices to address their distinct problems.
HealthBridge offers the highest-quality complex care, transitional care and high-intensity rehab services to meet the needs of injured workers at every stage of recovery. Our comprehensive and coordinated approach includes individualized treatment plans, an evidence-based treatment approach and a return to work/home program.
Our specialized program addresses the post-acute medical and rehabilitation needs of injured workers with:
- Acquired brain injuries(traumatic, anoxic, complex stroke)
- Loss of limbs
- Multifaceted wounds
- Spinal cord injuries (all levels)
- Neuromuscular disease, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Other medically complex symptoms
Coordinated Care/funding Options
Workers’ compensation is a specialty market with particular challenges. HealthBridge prioritizes careful and comprehensive medical review, billing, and documentation. Our admissions team has proven experience and resources to successfully partner with workers’ compensation payers. We understand the importance of fiscal responsibility, setting payment reserves and creating cost predictability for our payers, while at the same time providing the best possible care for our injured workers.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Following acute care in a hospital setting, post-acute services are available to injured workers with long-term nursing and rehabilitation needs. At HealthBridge, our integrated healthcare team will develop an individualized care plan which may include some nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological counseling. In addition to a doctor, the team will include nursing, therapists and case managers. Some injured workers may require home health care after leaving the post-acute care environment.
If you are injured while on the job, medical care is not your financial responsibility. Generally, workers’ compensation insurance will assume full responsibility. While an employee may elect to use private insurance, workers’ compensation was specifically developed to address workplace injuries and injured workers have a right to these benefits.
All post-acute medical and rehabilitation needs are available to injured workers with complex injuries, with oversight from highly-skilled medical and therapy staff in targeted disciplines, and utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and therapeutic protocols necessary to address those needs. Services offered will include physical, speech, occupational and behavioral therapy, in addition to home health care if needed.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) defines a serious injury as one in which the body’s function has been significantly impaired. The impairment itself could be temporary or permanent and will always necessitate medical intervention. Examples of types of injuries that would fall under this classification would be: amputation, fractures, burns, cuts, lacerations, punctures and concussion.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it may take a long time for a worker to return to work. Sometimes, an employee might never be able to re-enter the workforce in the way he/she was used to prior to the accident. The goal of the post-acute healthcare team is to provide the worker with all the tools necessary to gain the highest level of independence possible.
Sometimes, recovery for an injured worker will continue for some time after the patient returns to a home environment. A family caregiver may be called upon to provide extensive physical and emotional support. In many cases, for a family member to provide the best support, they will accept medical and therapeutic assistance from a home health care provider or engage their loved one in an off-site day care or treatment program.