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Helping Doctors Make Better Decisions in the Stay at Work and Return to Work Process

Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Recorded in May 2018



For Professionals looking for Credit, complete the On Demand Webinar Course​ for a certificate of completion​.​

This webinar will focus on what workers, employers and claims payers can do to help increase the accuracy and helpfulness of physician guidance in the SAW/RTW process.  Most of us know that doctors play a powerful (and essential) role in the stay-at-work and return-to-work (SAW/RTW) process, but most doctors do not see it that way.   Workers, employers and claims payers expect physicians to make decisions and determinations about issues that are not part of a standard medical education and that physicians do not consider “medical.”  As a result, many doctors feel uncomfortable answering questions about SAW/RTW and view them as administrative irritants.   A pro-active posture, respect for the physician’s time pressures and professional priorities, and a collaborative approach can make a big difference in the quality and timeliness of the physician’s opinions.   ​

You will learn to:

  • Describe the medical office assembly line and timeline of care
  • Explain why adjusting the timing of their requests for information to the doctor’s timeline of care will improve responsiveness
  • Package their requests for SAW/RTW information in a more physician-friendly format
  • Name three things they can do to make doctors feel more comfortable releasing patients promptly to SAW/RTW. ​

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​

Dr. Jennifer Christian is an internationally-known thought leader and advocate for improving health and functional outcomes and for preventing needless work disability in healthcare, workers’ compensation, and disability benefits systems. Jennifer is board-certified in occupational medicine with medical and public health degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and chairs its Work Fitness & Disability Section. Jennifer is President of Webility Corporation. She also founded the award-winning 60 Summits Project, a non profit initiative to propagate the work disability prevention model. It produced 20 multi-stakeholder events in two Canadian provinces and 12 states in the United States.​


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