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Federal Workers' Compensation Programs: Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration Experiences

Mallon, Timothy M. MD, MPH, COL, MC, USA; Grizzell, Tifani L. MD, MPH; Hodgson, Michael J. MD, MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2015 - Volume 57 - Issue - p S1–S3
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000367
Federal Workers' Compensation Supplement
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Objective: The objective of this article is to introduce the reader to this special supplement to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine regarding Federal Workers' Compensation Programs.

Methods: The short history of both the VHA and DoD Federal Workers' Compensation Programs are provided and a short synopsis of each author's article is provided.

Results: The lessons learned from the articles in the supplement are summarized in this article and 6 key findings are highlighted.

Conclusions: Cooperation between human resources workers' compensation personnel, safety and occupational health personnel is a must for successful management of the WC program. Information and data sharing are critical for root cause and injury prevention, case management, and cost containment efforts. Enhancing efforts in these areas will save an estimated $100 million through cost avoidance efforts.

From the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program (Ds Mallon and Grizzell), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md; and Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health (Dr Hodgson), Washington, DC.

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 (timothy.m.mallon@usuhs.edu).

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.

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