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Overview of WorkPlace Solutions products and services. The Job Function Matching process is a detailed program that helps your company hire the right employee, keep them safe and returns them to work quickly if injuries occur.

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  • Suz: All PT’s are licensed by DSI to perform the JFM process. In essence this program is linking worker capacity with job demand. Introduce Leah.
  • Using the example for Shawano clinic
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    1. 1. The WorkPlace Solution: Job Function Matching
    2. 2. Industrial Rehab Team <ul><li>OST’s physical therapists are specialize in manual therapy with hands-on treatment, combined with exercises to return patients to maximum function </li></ul><ul><li>DSI certified and licensed </li></ul><ul><li>Specialists in industrial rehabilitation and ergonomic solutions for the work place </li></ul>
    3. 3. DSI Certified and Licensed <ul><li>Job Function Matching Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective in hiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Injury prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early return to work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of days away </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Job Function Matching <ul><li>To match the worker to the functional demands of the job: </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering information on the tasks involved in performing the job </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring the workers ability to perform the tasks specific to the job </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who Benefits from the JFM <ul><li>Employer/Supervisor </li></ul><ul><li>Worker and the teams that support, Safety, Medical, Unions </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance case managers </li></ul><ul><li>Attorneys </li></ul>
    6. 6. Usefulness of JFM <ul><li>Job Function Descriptions are created </li></ul><ul><li>Job Function Tests developed from JFD are specific, objective and involve the worker </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for education of worker and employer </li></ul><ul><li>Guides return to work </li></ul><ul><li>Allows us to match worker to the work </li></ul>
    7. 7. Case Study of JFM process <ul><li>Company in Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Job Function Matching Process </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Overall and continuous improvements to process </li></ul>
    8. 8. Medical and Legal credibility <ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Backed by legal guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Court defensible document </li></ul>
    9. 9. Initial meeting with company <ul><li>Walk through of company </li></ul><ul><li>Gather data </li></ul><ul><li>Compare on hand job description </li></ul>
    10. 10. Creation of JFD and Job Function Test <ul><li>Job Function Description </li></ul><ul><li>Job Function Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Offer Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Return to Work Testing </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Injured worker without JFD <ul><li>Doctor gives restriction of 10# </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arbitrary number without any testing, just subjective report of pain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employer is notified of restriction and does not feel there is any work available </li></ul><ul><li>Worker is sent home – no light duty </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on pain, not function </li></ul><ul><li>No focus on the ability to perform job tasks </li></ul>
    12. 12. Injured worker with JFD <ul><li>Objectivity of job functions – specific, measurable, can be tested </li></ul><ul><li>1) Load pallets </li></ul><ul><li>2) Push cart </li></ul><ul><li>3) Low, center and high work </li></ul><ul><li>4) Grip tests </li></ul>
    13. 13. Uses of Job Function Matching <ul><li>Post Offer Testing is helpful if… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are musculoskeletal injuries in first year and strength or endurance would be related </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turnover in job – job is too hard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veteran employees are helping new hires </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Post-offer Testing <ul><li>Job related, will be accurate </li></ul><ul><li>General strength tests not related to job </li></ul><ul><li>Potential employee actually perform tasks, understanding job specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for validation, legal protection </li></ul>
    15. 15. Job Function Matching: RTW <ul><li>This would be helpful to management if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Restrictions from doctor, not specific to job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restrictions are inaccurate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctor not understanding job specifics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker has influenced the doctor </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Job Function Matching: RTW <ul><li>Return to same job: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker returns to work through matching the tasks of job to the ability to perform the tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modifications can be made to allow 100% of work functions to be performed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work comp. costs contained </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. JFM: Solutions for Worker <ul><li>Previous problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making process for RTW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctor giving a restriction without all information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctor asking about pain tolerance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker test against job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe job functions outlined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker has opportunity to know how they do on each task </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. JFM: Solutions for Employer <ul><li>Tests are specific to job and employer </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies specific tasks that can be performed safely </li></ul><ul><li>Modifications identified to permit RTW </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for progress of worker </li></ul>
    19. 19. JFM: Solutions for Doctors <ul><li>Focus on accurate RTW </li></ul><ul><li>Shows the doctor worker can perform as indicated, SAFELY </li></ul><ul><li>Tests can be done weekly, RTW quicker </li></ul><ul><li>Test accurately portrays measured forces, repetitions and positions </li></ul><ul><li>Objective info on the person tested against the job – no guesswork </li></ul>
    20. 20. JFM: Solutions for PT <ul><li>Insight is gained from possible re-injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of job, measurable goals </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing tests can identify progress in relation to goals </li></ul>
    21. 21. JFM: Solutions for Case Mgr <ul><li>Concerns of all parties are met objectively </li></ul><ul><li>If a less than full effort is being presented, it is identified and confronted </li></ul>
    22. 22. Costs and ROI <ul><li>Reasons for Increased costs </li></ul><ul><li>Delay of RTW </li></ul><ul><li>Disproportionate costs </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
    23. 23. Reasons for Increased Costs and Delayed Return to Work <ul><li>Delays in treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Reliance upon inappropriate decision makers for returning an employee to work </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate return to work plan </li></ul><ul><li>Limited return to work alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to recognize the psychosocial aspect of disability </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a coordinated effort by employer, employee, and physician </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention Strategies for Occupational Low Back Pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Kaplansky, MD, F. Wei, MD, M. Reecer, MD </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Reasons for Increased Cost and Delayed Return to Work (Continued) <ul><li>Low back pain is the most frequent chronic disabling condition in the United States in patients younger than 45 </li></ul><ul><li>Low back pain is the second leading cause of employee absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>90% of the total cost is attributable to only 25% of those injured </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Back Injury in Industry: The Value of a Recovery Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J. McElligott, MD, MPH; S. Miscovich, MD; P. Fielding, MD </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Disproportionate Costs <ul><li>Leavitt Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total cost for work loss - $11 Billion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>85% of subjects - No Cost </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13% cost 4 Billion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1.7% cost 8 Billion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The most pertinent finding in the study was that high cost cases involved LAG TIME . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First exam to first referral </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date of injury to last day worked </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delays in hospitalization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delays in performing surgery </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Summary of ROI <ul><li>Expenses on PT time of observation, data gathering and preparation of description and test </li></ul><ul><li>Savings specific to time of training, number of trained, injuries and costs associated with, employer specific </li></ul>
    27. 27. For more information: Suzanne Laurent 4000 N. Providence Ave. Appleton, WI 54913 920-257-2010