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Why RIC for Workplace Injuries?

Single Point of Contact for Case Managers

Part of RIC’s Workers’ Compensation care model is to provide Case Managers with a specialized RIC Care Manager who understands workers’ compensation and your needs.

Our Care Managers provide you with the information and access you need to manage your file efficiently. This one point of contact will guide you and your patients through recovery, providing timely communication to help get your injured workers back to work.

They can provide copies of medical records quickly after each appointment, keep you updated on progress, provide financial information needed to set reserves, assist with Life Care Planning, and insure you are able to fully participate in the critical decisions surrounding the care of our shared patient.

We also value communication with telephone nurses, claims adjusters, and welcome on-site nurse visits to our hospital/clinics to take part in team conferences and family meetings.

Reducing Visits and Services, Saving Time and Money

RIC care model drives down medical costsRIC’s coordinated approach results in highly efficient care. When it comes to treating low back, neck, and other work-related musculoskeletal injuries, RIC lowers utilization costs and delivers outcomes three times faster than any other provider.

Injured workers receive comprehensive, physician-directed therapy, x-rays, and necessary procedures in one location under the direction of a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, eliminating fragmented care and repeat procedures.

For workers with recent injuries or those with chronic pain, RIC treatment provides value. In fact, our patients make substantially fewer visits to their therapist and physician and receive notably fewer services compared to national benchmarks1—resulting in more efficient and better outcomes for workers, their employers, and compensation payers.

Spectrum of Pain Care – Acute, Subacute, and Chronic

RIC Pain Care ModelAfter initial injury: RIC’s comprehensive outpatient centers gets evidence-based results with efficient, nonsurgical, outpatient care for injured workers with recent musculoskeletal injuries. In a recent study2, RIC patients reported a significant reduction in pain and significant increase in functional goals, including return to work.

RIC’s physician-led nonsurgical care model drives down medical costs for treating injured workers any time following their injury.

RIC is well known for providing world-class care for patients with acute pain following initial injury. But our integrated approach also makes a significant difference for injured workers with subacute pain who have tried therapy and are considering invasive procedures. And, for injured workers experiencing chronic pain (longer than three months), RIC is unparalleled in achieving outcomes that matter.

Catastrophic Care Experience and Expertise

While small community rehabilitation units may see one or two catastrophic cases each year, RIC’s clinical team provides treatment for thousands of catastrophic injuries – amputees, spinal cord injuries, burns, and brain traumas – each year.

Our deep team of clinical experts promote realistic hope in a therapeutic environment that routinely returns patients with some of the most complex diagnoses to their communities and to work.

Returning Patients to Work

RIC - Outcomes That MatterReturn to work is a central focus for our treatment teams. In addition to our clinical observations, the team will provide data from neuropsychological testing, functional capacity evaluations and vocational testing to gather the information needed to form a successful return-to-work plan.

RIC’s Center for Pain Management successfully treats injured workers who have experienced pain for three months or longer through a nonsurgical, interdisciplinary, comprehensive outpatient approach, including a drug detoxification program when necessary.

The vast majority of injured workers completing the four-week program reach maximum medical improvement and release to return to work.


1Workers Compensation Research Institute, “Interstate Comparison: Medical Claim Costs Utilization by Provider Type, 2007/2008 Claims with More than 7 Days Lost Time, Adjusted for Injury and Industry Mix,” The Anatomy of Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs and Utilization in Illinois, 7th Edition, Pre-Reform Benchmarks, 2009

2“RIC Musculoskeletal Outcomes Study,” RIC, M Kolski et al, 2011