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Managing Federal Workers' Compensation Injuries and Costs

Mallon, Timothy M. MD, MPH, COL, MC, USA; Grizzell, Tifani MD, MPH; Holland, Leslie MS, CSP, CIH; Hodgson, Michael MD, MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2015 - Volume 57 - Issue - p S12–S19
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000410
Federal Workers' Compensation Supplement
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Background: Federal Employees' Compensation Act injury rates and claim costs benefit from injury prevention and case management efforts. The Department of Labor Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment data on lost time injuries and illnesses do support injury prevention and case management activities.

Methods: The management efforts of the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and Department of Labor were examined to determine whether more is needed to support injury prevention and case management efforts.

Results: Data on Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment goal 3 metrics should be provided to safety and occupational health (SOH) personnel to support injury prevention and case management efforts.

Discussion: Injury prevention and case management data need to be made available to SOH team members to prevent injuries and lower claims costs.

Conclusion: Actionable information must be provided to SOH that will facilitate case management and injury prevention programs and lower costs.

From the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program (Drs Mallon and Grizzell), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md; Occupational Safety and Health (Ms Holland), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment, OASN (EI&E), Washington, DC; and 4725 Albemarle St 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 (timothy.m.mallon@usuhs.edu).

Disclosure of Funding Received: 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.

Conflicts of Interest: None to declare.

Sources of Additional Support: None.

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.

Copyright © 2015 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine