The objectives of the CompAlliance Integrated Medical/Disability Management Program are to:
- Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.
- Promote rapid return-to-work.
- Maximize employee productivity.
- Contain program costs.
- Simplify program administration.
The CompAlliance Integrated Medical/Disability Management Program blends early medical intervention and transitional task management for occupational and non-occupational injury and/or illness. It reduces the overall costs of the employer’s workers’ compensation, health and disability programs while assuring the most appropriate and cost effective treatment.
Disability management has been broadly described as initiatives that prevent disabilities from occurring and/or activities that minimize their impact on employers and employees. Shrey and Lacerte (1997) define Disability Management as:
“The proactive employer-centered process of coordinating the activities of labor management, insurance carriers, health care provided and vocational rehabilitation professionals for the purpose of minimizing the impact of injury, disability, or disease on a worker’s capacity to successfully perform his or her job. (p. 611).”
Integrated Disability Management (DM) refers to efforts to coordinate the design and implementation of occupational, non-occupational, and other disability programs in order to improve overall effectiveness. In an integrated DM system, workers’ compensation, short-term and long-term disability, group health, injury and illness prevention programs, employee assistance programs (EAPs), case management, rehabilitation, and return-to-work programs are coordinated, clinically and administratively, to reduce the incidence and impact of employee disabilities.