When used to support return-to-work decisions in workers’ compensation, functional capacity evaluations, or FCEs, compare an injured employee’s physical and functional abilities to their physical work demands. Typically performed by a physical or occupational therapist, FCEs can occur at any point in a person’s recovery and are also used before a work hardening program, to assist with job placement, or to help settle a claim.
“FCEs can identify physical reasons for delayed recovery, point to a need for treatment changes or workplace accommodations, and help unstick a claim,” said Anne Marciniak, PT, DPT, National Director of Clinical Services for MedRisk and one of the webinar’s presenters.
Using video, David Raptosh, MA, OTR/L, Regional Director of Work Strategies with Select Physical Therapy in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will demonstrate the components of an FCE.
Attendees will learn the purpose and value of FCEs, terminology, and the criteria needed to identify a quality FCE and provider.
“There are 600 to 800 different types of FCEs in the US,” Marciniak noted, “So, it’s important to understand the characteristics of an effective FCE and make sure the provider is delivering a valid, reliable, and safe evaluation.”
MedRisk and Select Physical Therapy are sponsoring the free, one-hour webinar, and continuing education credits are available for adjusters, registered nurses, and nurse case managers in several states. Check here for details and to register for “Latest Advances in FCEs.”
Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, MedRisk is the largest managed care organization dedicated to the physical rehabilitation of injured workers. Clinically driven since its inception, the company has an International Scientific Advisory Board that developed and maintains physical medicine-specific, evidence-based guidelines for workers’ compensation. MedRisk, which has successfully completed a SSAE 18 SOC Type 1 and 2 examinations, ensures high quality care and delivers outstanding customer service. For more information, visit www.medrisknet.com or call 800-225-9675.
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