Broadspire® businesses around the world are promoting the benefits of rehabilitation case management, beginning with the United States where National Rehabilitation Awareness week begins on 17 September.
In the spirit of its campaign, Broadspire is reminding clients and the market about some of the key reasons why insurers, employers and injured parties have increasingly chosen rehabilitation case management as their means to return to work, or just get back on their feet.
“As one of the world’s most established rehab case management providers, Broadspire has an obligation to maintain awareness levels with businesses and the public,” says Deborah Edwards, head of rehabilitation, Broadspire UK.
“If you take musculoskeletal injuries for example, these are responsible for up to 20% of UK employees’ absence from work. This generates an annual cost of long term sickness absence to the UK economy of £6.71bn. In addition, mental Illness and musculoskeletal problems are the top causes of long term sickness absence. Employees with access to Early Intervention Rehabilitation services have an absence period that is 16.6% shorter than those who do not.”
In the U.S., the figures understandably dwarf those of other economies. 8.5 million at-work injuries annually at an estimated cost of approximately $250bn to the economy mean the bill is comparable with that spent by US healthcare institutions in the battle against cancer.
“Here we have two major issues; the cost to employers and insurers of paying for long term absences, alongside a societal concern over people’s ability to recover and contribute to society again,” adds Deborah Edwards.
“During the course of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, Broadspire is reminding as many people as we can of some very important things. For example, the cost of an evidence based self-management program can be 75% less than traditional physiotherapy sessions. If used appropriately, these can provide significant cost savings for insurers. Early intervention triage gives early access to clinicians, promoting self-management and an early return to work.”
Deborah says that promoting rehab in more serious cases should also be a priority. “The ultimate cost of a catastrophic claim can quickly tip the scales and easily make-or-break an underwriting year; a comprehensive three point contact assessment and case management support can help realise significant cost savings both on medical expenses and lost wages for insurers.”
Good rehabilitation focuses on good outcomes set by the clients, adds Deborah. “Rehab is about meeting needs, not just a diagnosis. It aims high and includes vocational outcomes. It is an active and empowering process and relies on good communication and interdisciplinary teamwork including insurers, solicitors, case managers and, at the center of it all, the injured or ill person.”
 Source – Economic Policy Institute