Innovative Intake-Triage Program Speeds Return to Work
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CompPartners has partnered with Emerald Claims Management to provide intake and triage services to injured employees. The program expedites the delivery of medical services to claimants and reduces lost-time claims.
The most critical time for managing medical care is the 24-to-48 hour period after an accident,” said Jamie Davis, ARM, director of claims for Emerald Claims Management, a workers’ compensation third-party administrator (TPA). With the CompPartners program, a 24/7 call center receives and processes the claim and a triage case manager is assigned while the injured employee is still in the process of seeking medical care. Triage and field case managers triage the injuries and help claimants get in promptly to see the most appropriate physicians, educate providers on the claimant’s job requirements, and then work with employers on modified duty. When lost-time occurs, nurse case managers accompany patients on physicians’ visits.
Emerald Claims Management implemented the intake and triage program at the first of July (2010) with TransCare Corporation, a medical transportation company in the Mid-Atlantic with more than a dozen operating locations and 2,500 employees. “We operate in a fast-paced environment with claims opening and closing very quickly,” said TransCare Risk Manager Steve Miller. “Our employees receive care immediately after an accident and we wanted to eliminate any lag time involved in their subsequent medical visits. Emerald Claims Management delivered a superior claims solution with an on-site adjuster and the CompPartners intake and triage model.”
Now, a nurse contacts the emergency room or occupational health clinic, obtains the diagnosis, talks to the injured employee, alerts the adjuster, triages care, schedules appointments with providers, and stays in touch with the employee throughout the process. The injured employee knows who is handling the claim and understands the whole process right away. “This all happens within 24 hours – actually it’s usually within eight hours of the accident,” said Miller.
Relying on CompPartners’ expertise in medical management and delivery frees the adjusters to handle bills and pay the claims, according to Davis, resulting in a dramatically improved closing ratio. Comparing TransCare’s July 2010 closing ratios against the previous year showed 93 percent of medical-only claims occurring in July 2010 closed within a month, while only 5 percent of claims in July 2009 had closed in a month.
“It’s a win-win,” Miller said. “Employees know someone is looking out for them, receive treatment faster and return to work much faster.”
About Emerald Claims Management
Emerald Claims Management (ECM) is a boutique TPA established in 2009 to cater to clients’ specific needs and work with them to develop specialized programs that lower risks and create opportunities for injured workers to return to work as quickly as possible. ECM’s target markets include transportation, healthcare, construction and construction related trades. Its Medical Intake and Triage model along with its rigorous Return to Work model allow ECM to provide speedy and personal attention to its clients’ and their injured employees. ECM can be reached at 800-317-0015.
Established in 1998, CompPartners is a managed care organization serving State funds, insurance carriers, self-insured employers, third-party administrators, and other workers’ compensation payers. Services encompass a workers’ compensation medical network, physician peer review, utilization review, medical bill review, Medicare Set-Aside analyses, medical and disability case management using evidence-based guidelines, and employee enrollment services. In addition, the company’s Specialty Medical Reviews provides independent physician reviews for group health. CompPartners was the first organization to be nationally accredited by URAC as an independent review organization for workers’ compensation and was one of California’s first Health Care Organizations to be certified and one of the first to launch a Medical Provider Network. CompPartners can be reached at 949-253-3111 or www.comppartners.com.
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Updated 04/23/2008 by company
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