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Q: How can occupational medicine benefit my business?

Posted July 10, 2013 in Advice Column, Greene County

A: Occupational medicine clinics are uniquely qualified to meet an employer’s specific medical needs and can partner with businesses to help improve the health status and productivity of employees. The staff at these clinics specializes in work-related medical care and is trained and certified in specialty areas such as federal drug and alcohol test collections. By taking routine tours of work sites, nurses and physicians are able to gain a better understanding of their client’s needs and working environment. Unlike other clinics, occupational medicine clinics only serve employers and their employees — they are not open to the general public.

Occupational medicine clinics offer a variety of services depending on the employer’s individual wants and needs. Common services include injury management, pre-employment physicals, DOT physicals and recertifications, DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol testing, hearing and vision testing, immunizations, on-site education programs, functional capacity testing, OSHA surveillance exams and health risk assessments. Occupational medicine clinics follow a “back to work” philosophy that seeks to minimize case length and reduce work comp expenses. All clinic services are billed directly to employers or the employers’ insurance carriers — not to the employee’s personal insurance.

Work-related injuries and their expenses are, in most cases, one of the most expensive items on an employer’s budget. Consider insurance premiums alone, and it becomes easy to see that a partnership with medical experts who help employers better manage resources, personnel and claims could easily make a huge impact on the bottom line.

Information provided by Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson.

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