Primary health care providers may not be familiar with the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and Department of Defense regulations that govern injured workers' rights, benefits, and procedures to follow when an injured employee is seen in the military medical treatment facility.
The FECA program was examined and each section reviewed to facilitate provider involvement from time of injury to final disposition of a claim and employee return to work. The best practices in case management are highlighted as well.
Several areas of the FECA program require coordination between members of the installation Federal Worker's Compensation team. Areas requiring extensive communication by all team members were emphasized.
Successful installation FECA programs engage all members of the FECA team in a collaborative fashion to share information, prevent injuries, and keep costs low.
From the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program (Drs Mallon, Grizzell, and Nelson), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md; and 4725 Albemarle Street NW (Dr Hodgson), Washington DC 20001.
Address correspondence to: Timothy M. Mallon, MD, MPH, COL, MC, USA, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814 (email@example.com).
This work was funded in part by the Department of Defense and Department of Labor in that the work was done while at work during normal work hours. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position or views of the Uniformed Services University, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Health Administration or the US Government.