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Patient Safety Programs Pay Off for Healthcare Workers

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 4, 2012

"Without a measure of efficiency and effectiveness, the health and productivity of the workforce is suffering," she says. "It has been illustrated time and again that return-to-work programs keep business and premium costs down as well as benefit injured workers. It's a win-win for both the healthcare system and the injured worker."

"If someone is injured on the job bring them back on light duty and into work rather than just continue to pay out indemnity as they sit home and recuperate," she says. "Bring them back to work and put them on light duty as they continue to recover."

While claims frequency has declined, claims severity including medical, indemnity and expense costs, has been steadily increasing, and projected to continue at a rate of 2% per year. Posey says the increase is linked primarily to outside influences such as the weak economy that has made it more expensive to close outstanding workers compensation claims.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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Ken Goff (12/21/2012 at 11:16 AM)
I think this is backwards. Healthcare has placed emphasis on patient safety since 2001 with little change. Some facilities are now placing emphasis on Employee Safety and I believe this translates to safer patient care. If you don't comply with the rules and policies that keep yourself safe you are most likely not complying with the rules and policies that keep patients safe.