The Department of Labor (DOL) released a 43-page report titled “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill its Obligation to Injured Workers” discussed in a forum this week. The report concludes that only a fraction of benefits are received by injured workers. I simply must scratch my head and wonder about the “research” and “investigation” that was done by the DOL.
Every single day, across our great nation, there are examiners, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, diagnostics, hospitals, occ health clinics and many more delivering care to injured workers. At the CWCRC ’16 conference, there are injured worker testimonials as part of the sessions and many partners in the work comp system with stories of successful RTW for injured workers. It’s not that we don’t talk about the worst outcome cases, we do, those are the toughest. It’s that so much of what we do, we do right..and I don’t know about you, but I’m not typically one to brag about what I do right.
Let’s flip the focus, let’s ensure our voices are heard, let’s fill the pages of GoodNewsWorkComp with stories we are proud of, where we have had an impact in improving care, where we went the extra mile all too often to ensure an injured worker got the great care he/she deserves. Don’t let the DOL bully pulpit bring us down, let’s bring each other up and shine. No one wants a federally run system of work comp care, but without your voices, we could be singing to an empty row of pews.