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Early Intervention Key to Reducing Workers' Comp Costs


The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), a Fairfax, Va., nonprofit risk management training and educational organization, has released a resource guide for controlling workers’ compensations costs that focuses on using telephonic nurse injury reporting and triage as important early intervention.

The PERI Day of Injury Resource Manual outlines an effective strategy lays out a proactive approach for addressing rising costs of workers’ compensation by establishing processes for responding to employee injuries starting right on the day of injury, says Gerard J. Hoetmer, executive director of PERI. “Our research presents compelling evidence that employer actions on the day of injury have a profound impact on the overall cost of workers’ comp claims.”

The PERI Day of Injury Resource Manual builds on the findings of a study PERI jointly sponsored with the Schools Insurance Authority (SIA), a joint powers authority based in Sacramento, California.

In partnership with SIA, the PERI Day of Injury study assessed the relationship between employer actions on the day an employee was injured and workers’ compensation costs. The study focused on injury reporting, directing medical care, and early return to work initiatives. A major component of the research focused on SIA’s use of telephonic nurse injury reporting/triage. The study demonstrated that the nature, duration, cost and eventual outcome of a claim can be largely shaped and controlled by the employer’s response on the day of injury.

Based on the study, the manual details injury-reporting processes for organizations to put in place as part of an overall early intervention strategy. This how-to manual also highlights best practices for building a structured return-to-work program and provides organizations with sample forms, checklists, and training materials.

For more information go to www.riskinstitute.org.



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