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In addition to case management, Spooner MAI can help injured workers return to work faster with the Transitional Work Program, the Remain at Work Program, or Vocational Rehabilitation.
The transitional work program offers meaningful, productive work to your workers with restrictions in helping them remain or return to work sooner. It's a program the employer sets up so injured employees can return to work more quickly and safely - either in their original job or a temporary work assignment until they're ready to resume their original job.
A transitional work program can help a company lower its direct and indirect human resource cost. Returning an injured worker to the job as soon as safely possible before the worker is 100 percent recovered lowers medical costs, compensation costs and may reduce or suppress the reserves on the claim. A program can improve a company's bottom line by reducing claims, especially lost-time claims, reducing the number of days a worker is away from his or her job and reduces claims filing lag time. National statistics show indirect cost for a workplace injury that becomes a lost-time claim are four times greater than any direct claims expense.
By returning to work sooner, an employee is less apt to face physical de-conditioning and loss of work skills. The worker will also participate in work and keep earning money, which enhances self-worth and job satisfaction. And the quicker employees begin transitional work, the sooner they can return to their original job.
Remain at Work services can be a very beneficial program if utilized at the initial onset of problematic injuries that require a little more oversight to prevent lost time from occurring. Remain at Work is an individualized and voluntary program for eligible injured workers needing assistance to remain at work post-injury.
Vocational rehabilitation is an individualized and voluntary program for eligible injured workers needing assistance in safely returning to work or in retaining employment. Vocational rehabilitation emphasizes restoring or maximizing the injured worker's abilities and minimizing long debilitating absences from work.
Vocational rehabilitation focuses on returning the injured worker to the original employer. If that is not possible, rehabilitation services can help the injured worker identify skills and abilities to secure a new job with another employer.
Spooner MAI will work directly with you, the injured worker, and providers to find creative ways to allow the injured worker to remain at work or return to work. We will coordinate interventions, such as: