RTW and the Medical Provider

Why RTW?

RTW Benefits for Patients
Return To Work

  • Speeds recovery and improves outcomes
    • Keeping the patient physically active and on a normal work schedule contributes to the healing process by maintaining physical conditioning, self-confidence, quality of life, and function.
  • Maintains self-esteem
    • Meaningful modified or transitional work helps the patient feel like a productive member of society and it promotes wellness through contact with fellow employees.
  • Reduces financial impact
    • Patients may experience reduced wages due to an injury while they are away from work as workers’ compensation benefits are not designed to completely supplement their lost wages. By working in a modified or transitional duty position the patient may have less financial burden and stress, which aids in the healing process.
  • Provides a structure for managing injuries.
    • When an injury occurs, the last thing on anyone’s mind is insurance. Having a RTW program in place ahead of time can ensure that the patient gets prompt medical care while simultaneously taking care of the necessary paperwork.
  • Fosters communication between employers, employees, medical providers, and MSF claims examiners.
    • Maneuvering through the claim process can be confusing. A RTW program can ensure effective communication and lead to improved outcomes when all parties are on the same page.

Work Heals

For more information on how Return to Work promotes recovery and improved outcomes, please see the following articles.
American Family Physician Journal
Evaluation and Treatment of the Acutely Injured Worker

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Intervention Characteristics that Facilitate Return to Work After Sickness Absence – A Systematic Literature Review

Additional Resources

Guide to the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process
Workers Compensation Glossary of Terms
“Clean Claim” Defined
Medical Status Form
Montana Utilization and Treatment Guidelines