A program to integrate biopsychosocial recovery in workers’ compensation
cases related to illness, stress and trauma caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whether you are experiencing an increase in workers’ compensation claims or simply need to support your workforce during the anxiety of this unprecedented crisis, let the expert telebehavioral specialists at IMCS help stabilize your workforce with a program proven to speed recovery and help injured workers return to work.
WHO IS AT RISK ?
health care, health
support, mortuary &
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How are COVID cases treated under workers’ compensation?
COVID-19 cases can be categorized as physical only as in “delayed recovery,” physical-mental where a diagnosable mental illness is causally related to the physical diagnosis, or mental only in the cases of mental distress with no physical diagnosis (in some states eligible for workers’ compensation).
Cases may be classified as low, moderate or severe. In COVID-19 cases, the symptoms range from mild anxiety and PTSD with expectation of full recovery to permanent neuropsychological sequelae of fevers and respiratory distress including silent hypoxia.
IMCS Group is providing clinical
leadership for the evaluation
and treatment of the mental
health of injured workers.
State and federal regulatory
frameworks for workers’
compensation cases in response
to COVID-19 are rapidly emerging
and differ from state to state.
IMCS is mobilizing at the forefront
to provide mental health services
to protect your workforce.
Emerging information about COVID-19 treatment and benefits
States with First Responder PTSD laws may extend benefits in cases of COVID-19. Some states may consider expanding First Responder mental health regulations to healthcare workers. Although data about recovery from mental health issues related to COVID-19 is not well-documented, in workers’ compensation cases where there is delayed recovery, research shows that adding psychosocial support therapy in times of stress improves workers’ return-to-work prognosis.
What is the COVID-Rebound intervention?
COVID occupational mental health assessment and treatment consists of:
- An initial 30-minute psychologist’s telemedicine intake interview to determine exposure levels and general mental health.
- Determination of severity classification, ranging from exposure and anxiety to assessment and surveillance for neuropsychological sequelae due to severe illness, hospitalization and intubation.
- Estimate treatment protocol, including appropriate assessments and number of treatments.
The IMCS network offers treatment without the patient ever having to leave home. An IMCS provider can administer brief cognitive behavioral therapy through our longstanding and experienced telemedicine program. IMCS’s average duration for these cases is five sessions: an evaluation and four treatment sessions to speed recovery.
These include teaching:
Effective coping strategies
The return on investment is clear in studies on the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, injury, trauma and anxiety.