Unnecessary tests and unqualified doctors can double or even triple the medical cost for workers’ comp injuries. Experts say that the excessive use of MRI’s and doctors who don’t specialize in occupational medicine, lead to poor outcomes for injured workers and higher costs for cost employers.
In one case scenario, an employer required its injured workers get treatment in rural areas approximate to the company. It turns out very few had backgrounds in occupational medicine and were more likely to recommend multiple surgeries. Despite having to drive further to a city, the more qualified doctors saved the employer over $50,000 by performing only one surgery instead of three.
Certain injuries are also more likely to receive a battery of unnecessary tests. Shoulders and backs tend to get CAT Scans, which provide no diagnosis. It’s less expensive and quicker to get an MRI, which can provide better data for treatment.
Staffing firms should make sure their claims departments have a list of occupational doctors to treat their injured workers. Treatment requests for tests should also be scrutinized in the best interest of the injured worker. Employees will get back to work faster, lowering workers’ comp costs. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.