Healthcare providers can positively impact stay-at-work (SAW)/return-to-work (RTW) outcomes through collaboration with an injured or ill individual and their employer. RETAIN Kentucky RTW Coordinators work with healthcare providers and employers to develop a RTW plan that identifies services to support eligible participant’s needs and goals. These services can include, but are not limited to:
- Case management and coordination
- Referrals for needed services
- Assistive technology evaluations
- Job counseling
- Peer support
These services are provided at no cost to eligible participants, employers, and healthcare providers. RETAIN Kentucky is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration under a grant award of $21,600,00 to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training that will be incrementally provided. 100% of grant funding is from U.S. Federal funds. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor or the Social Security administration, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Resources for Healthcare Providers
The Role of the Physician in the Return-to-Work Process Following Disability Onset
Mathematica for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
This report outlines recommendations for more effectively incorporating physicians into the RTW process.
Can Work Disability Be Prevented After Musculoskeletal (MSK) Injuries? Three Successful, Cost-effective Pilot Intervention Programs
IMPAQ International for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
These three pilot programs demonstrate the considerable knowledge that exists regarding effective strategies to prevent work disability after MSK injury.
Improving Occupational Healthcare Delivery to Support Workers’ Compensation Return to Work:
Building on Evidence-Based Practice from Washington State’s Centers of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) Experience – Full Report
IMPAQ International for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Examines Washington State’s COHE program, which has been successful in improving worker outcomes, reducing the risk of long-term disability and premature exit from the workforce, and promoting workers’ RTW through coordinated care and the training of healthcare providers.
“Working Works” Campaign
This public education campaign from the Campaign for Disability Employment centers around a national public service announcement(PSA) called “Working Works.” Through the voices of several individuals—including an occupational therapist—“Working Works” explores the many reasons people work, including after injury or illness. Several free materials are available to complement the PSA, including a series of posters; a discussion guide for healthcare professionals; and behind-the-scenes video interviews featuring the compelling SAW/RTW stories of the PSA cast members.
CSG’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Toolkit
This resource developed by The Council of State Governments helps state officials increase the employment retention and labor force participation of individuals who acquire and/or are at risk of developing work disabilities, whether on-the-job or off-the-job. While the tool is designed for state policymakers, healthcare providers can benefit from the toolkit’s best practices and implementation strategies to facilitate positive SAW/RTW outcomes.