Educate medical providers about effective occupational health practices and comprehensive pain management strategies. Reach medical providers through professional organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), as well as through other professional networking channels. Different mechanisms could be used ...more »
SAW/RTW Policy Dissemination
Thinking about SAW/RTW policies related to 1)Washington’s COHE model, 2)musculoskeletal injuries and pain management, and 3)transition back to work, who are the key audiences and what policy products can best reach them? How can these products be disseminated – e.g., social media, website posts, email, in combination with technical assistance?
Involve private insurers in supporting transition back to work by working with insurers such as Liberty Mutual and Traveler’s Insurance and with national trade associations and advocacy organizations such as America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to engage their members in discussions of policies that advance best practices in SAW/RTW.
Communicate the advantages of replicating or adapting the State of Washington’s Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) program through listservs and blogposts targeting policymaking and regulatory entities responsible for state workers’ compensation (WC) programs. Audiences that may be in a position to move the policy needle in the direction of a COHE-type model of collaborative care include state-based insurers ...more »
Reinforce the idea with HR professionals that supporting the return to work of workers who had disengaged from their job due to injury or disability can contribute to a business maintaining a strong and productive workforce. Encourage them to embrace RTW as a standard business practice through blogposts, conference presentations, etc. sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and similar professional ...more »