Stay at Work/Return to Work
A Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work program enables employers to retain their most valuable resource: the skills, knowledge and experience of their employees. At the same time, injured workers stay engaged with their workplace through transitional or light duty.
Having a formal, customized Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work program in place reduces workforce interruption, costs associated with production loss and absenteeism, and workers’ compensation insurance costs for the employer, while employees retain salary and benefits and minimize life disruption. It’s a win-win!
A Stay-at-Work Program enables an employee, based upon medical opinion, to work within his/her medical restrictions until able to return to his/her usual and customary occupation. Injured workers stay at work or return to work as soon as possible in a safe and appropriate job.
Trusted Partnerships & Collaborative Workshops
Beacon Mutual has assembled a group of specialists:
claim representatives, nurse and disability case managers, ergonomists, physical therapists and vocational counselors dedicated to assisting policyholders in developing their own unique Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work program.
Our claim specialists will assist injured workers, employers and physicians with the development and implementation of best practices for transitional employment.
Beacon has partnered with Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH to assist employers and medical providers in fully understanding the benefits of a stay-at-work/return-to-work program.
The Claim Department periodically hosts collaborative workshops for policyholders and medical providers to explore the program benefits. Dr. Christian leads attendees through a Stay-at-Work presentation and self-assessment focused on identifying potential roadblocks, outlining simple ways to improve outcomes, learning through success stories, establishing important relationships and much more. Discussion topics include the varying roles in the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work process and how employers and physicians can work together to improve outcomes for injured workers and employers.
If you are interested in attending an upcoming workshop or would like more information, contact us: 401-825-2667 or send an email (select Claims/Medical in the dropdown menu).
Our Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Partner - Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
Dr. Christian is a physician, board-certified in occupational medicine. She is co-founder, president and chief medical officer of Webility Corporation, and founder/chair of the nonprofit 60 Summits Project.
A leader in the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Dr. Christian chaired the group that developed the guideline entitled "Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed," as well as the group that wrote a consensus opinion entitled "The Attending Physician's Role in Helping Patients Return to Work after an Illness or Injury." She has served as chair of the Work Fitness and Disability Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) since 2001. She previously chaired the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Process Improvement Committee and the Workers' Compensation Committee for ACOEM.
Dr. Christian has a strong clinical track record in case management and return-to-work programs developed during her years practicing occupational medicine in private practice and in corporate settings.