A narrow focus on overutilization leads to missed opportunities for cost containment.

White Paper Summary

Undeniably, overuse of physical therapy is a contributor to elevated costs in workers’ compensation. However, programs that focus solely on targeting potential overutilization are severely limited in their effectiveness. While curbing overutilization is an important part of cost containment, there are also significant financial ramifications from a population of underserved injured workers, i.e., those who aren’t receiving the treatment they require to achieve functional improvement. This can happen at a number of different touchpoints:

  • The physician fails to prescribe appropriate therapy in the first place
  • The injured worker elects to stop therapy (patient nonadherence)
  • The treatment provider delivers ineffective physical therapy services (which in turn can drive overutilization or patient nonadherence)

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