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Helping Workers Get back to Work

Steps you can take to help your patient get back to work

  • Evaluating your patient’s work restrictions carefully.
  • Filling out the Activity Prescription Form completely.
  • Communicating work restrictions promptly to the employer, worker, and claim manager.
  • Contacting L&I’s Early Return to Work program for their help developing options very early in the claim.
  • Using physical, occupational, and massage therapy to restore your patient’s physical ability to work.
  • Using Work Hardening therapy to restore your patient’s ability to perform a job.
  • Reviewing and signing job analyses/job offers for light or modified duty work.

Additional Resources

Doctors play a key role in return to work.'
Watch a 3-minute video narrated by an occupational medicine physician.

Getting Back to Work: It's Your Job and Your Future
For injured workers, briefly explains steps to return to work quickly and minimize the economic impact of time-loss.

Attending Doctor's Return-to-Work Desk Reference
Discusses best practices in occupational medicine and explains how to bill for return-to-work services. Offers 3 hours of Category 1 CME credit.

Stay at Work Program
L&I will pay employers to help get their worker quickly and safely back to work in a light-duty or transitional job.


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