A Better Way to Prevent Musculoskeletal Discomfort in the Workplace
In 2017, the U.S. collectively spent $3.5 trillion, or 17.8 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), on healthcare. In the workplace, the majority of that spend goes to the inefficiency in the healthcare workflow rather than to get employees back to their healthy selves.
Right Treatment – Right Time – Right Provider is a process methodology that eliminates waste in the healthcare workflow of musculoskeletal discomfort. By restructuring the workplace healthcare process, employees get back to work quicker, more frequently and at a lower cost to the employer.
Why does healthcare in the workplace cost so much?
The inherently hefty cost of a highly regulated and credentialed industry such as healthcare quickly compounds with inefficient processes. Take an employee with low back discomfort for example. The typical route for care would include an initial clinic visit, imaging and orthopedic visit, more imaging and then some prescription of care. Incurring healthcare costs along the way, the employee is now 12 to 21 days out from onset of discomfort with no behavioral change and little care. A rerouting of this healthcare workflow allows the employee to receive conservative care quicker, and at a lower cost to the employer.
The key to correcting this problem is having the right care at the right time, by the right type of provider. Stay tuned for Part II where we’ll outline the benefit of each pillar of Right Treatment – Right Time – Right Provider.
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