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A Novel Approach to Reducing Workers Compensation Costs in a Multicenter Hospital System

Ullucci, Paul A. Jr PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR; Scott, Joseph MS, LAT, CEAS I; Silverman, Bradley FACHE, MBA

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 2018 - Volume 60 - Issue 1 - p 74–76
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001170

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of an injury prevention and monitoring program implemented by athletic trainers to reduce workers compensation costs in a hospital system with multiple centers and locations.

Methods: A retrospective analysis of workers compensation claims (ie, lost days, light days, and incurred costs) was performed to compare injury data from 2 years before to 2 years after the start of the program.

Results: The program significantly reduced the organization's incurred costs by 46.7% (P = 0.031) and light days by 44% (P = 0.022). Lost days were found to decrease by 37%, however, this decrease was not statistically significant (P = 0.078).

Conclusions: Athletic trainers, using their knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, ergonomics, injury management, and rehabilitation, can effectively prevent and reduce workers compensation costs in a multicenter hospital system.

Department of Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (Dr Ullucci); Ergonomics and Injury Prevention, Southcoast Occupational Health, Southcoast Health Systems, Dartmouth (Mr Scott); Urgent Care & Outpatient Services, Southcoast Health Systems, New Bedford (Mr Silverman), Massachusetts.

Address correspondence to: Paul A. Ullucci, Jr., PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR, Department of Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825-1000 (

Funding: None declared.

Conflicts of Interest: All authors declare no financial compensation real or inferred from writing this manuscript. The primary investigator is employed full time by Sacred Heart University and part time (per diem) for SouthCoast Health System, while the two co-authors are employed full time by Southcoast Health System.

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