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 »
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 »
The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) required under transit legislation (FAST Act) supports coordination across Federal agencies so that people with disabilities have transportation and mobility supports to access education, jobs, healthcare, and the community. In every SAW/RTW policy - and related programs, there should be a description regarding how transportation providers and community mobility ...more »
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.
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 »
There is no standardized survey that identifies occupations and related modifications to enable successful job performance by type of disability. One platform that could be adapted for this purpose is Occupational Requirements Survey, which is a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Compensation Survey (NCS) program. The ORS gathers job-related information regarding physical demands, environmental ...more »