Successful Management of Work Related Injuries: Benefits of Early Symptom Intervention and Psychologically Informed Approaches

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
(Entrance through corridor between Grand Ballrooms 7 & 8)

The average cost per lost time claim has risen over the past several years, while nationally, the number of workers’ compensation injuries continues to decline due to safer work environments. The rise in claim costs can primarily be attributed to an increased use of medical benefits and duration of disability. This presentation will review the workers’ compensation cost drivers and the benefits of early symptom intervention in the treatment of an injured worker. Our panelists will analyze the importance of early identification of psychosocial risk factors to classify cases and establish expectations sooner for high risk cases, and review “best practices” to lower claim costs.

Robyn Lewis
Physical Therapist – Regional Director of WorkStrategies Services
Select Medical – Select Physical Therapy
Atlanta, GA

Carlos Yepes
Senior Manager, Workers’ Compensation
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, FL

Randy F. Rizor, MD
The Physicians Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia
Atlanta, GA


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