The Worst Injuries Demand an Integrated Pathway 2 Recovery. Here’s What That Looks Like.
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No injury exists in a vacuum, and recovery is never just a matter of healing a broken body part. Because physical health is inextricably linked with mental health, getting better requires attention to both.
Unfortunately, the traditional workers’ compensation paradigm is built on treating compensable injuries and only compensable injuries.
“I’ve literally heard a claim professional say, ‘We only bought the knee injury. We didn’t buy the whole person,’” said Joseph Berardo, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Carisk Partners. “The good news is the industry is starting to recognize that that knee is attached to a person. But I would argue that there are very few programs that truly encompass biopsychosocial treatment.”
An interdisciplinary approach to treatment places the person at the center of the plan, considering every physical, emotional, social and environmental factor that could impair or enable a faster recovery.
This treatment approach is especially critical for the most difficult claims in workers’ comp — those involving catastrophic injuries, opioid dependence, or those that have veered off-course and have not reached maximal recovery.
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