CompTalk: Telerehab in Times of Crisis

In the first installment of the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference’s CompTalk series, MedRisk’s Brian Peers talks telerehab in the COVID era.
By: | October 29, 2020

It’s no secret that we’re living in a virtual world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, jobs and services of all kinds have shifted to remote work. Zoom, a service rarely used prior to the pandemic has become ubiquitous.

Even services, like medical care and rehab, have had to adapt to these new virtual environments and so too has the workers’ compensation industry. Telemedicine, telephysical therapy and telerehab programs all had to adapt on the fly to make sure injured worker care continued without interruption.

In the pandemic’s early days MedRisk’s three-year-old telerehab program expanded to help the increased number of workers’ comp patients whose care was put on hold. Headed by Brian Peers DPT, MBA, vice president of clinical services and provider management at MedRisk, the program saw an 863% increase in volume this year alone.

During a 20 minute CompTalk presented by the National Comp conference, Peers will discuss the history of telemedicine and tele-rehab programs, detail the ways in which tele-health programs have adapted during the pandemic and describe the promising future for these services.

Tune in to the session on-demand here. &

CompTalks are a presentation of the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference – National Comp. CompTalks are short-format educational presentations that fit our busy schedules, delivered by voices throughout the industry.

This series will offer a mix of thought-provoking opinions, insider perspectives and useful strategies you can bring back to your team to spark further discussion — presented on-demand.

This new feature is a complement to the 2020 National Comp Digital Program, which included a One-Day Virtual Event on Oct. 21, and an ongoing Digital Session Series set to launch on Nov. 5.

Courtney DuChene is a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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