MedRisk Inc, a provider of managed physical medicine and diagnostic imaging services in workers’ compensation based in King of Prussia, Pa, has created a new functional capacity evaluation (FCE) program to provide claims professionals effective decision-making tools and improve patient care.

Among the utility FCEs can offer are measuring progress of treatment strategies, determining disability ratings or support of safe return-to-work decisions. MedRisk’s new program is said to identify and clearly communicate the objectives of the FCE prior to the evaluation.

The company reports that peer-to-peer quality assurance reviews and summaries of the FCE report are are also key thrusts of the new program.

“Ease of use for the claims professional is critical,” says MedRisk chief operating officer, Michelle Buckman. “The summary provides a snapshot of the full report. This way, they can review the key components at a glance.”

The summary is designed to provide functional results as they relate to the job requirements, the patient’s consistency of effort, and a return-to-work recommendation from a credentialed FCE specialist. The quality assurance review and summary are reportedly performed on the same day to minimize any potential delay in delivery of the FCE report.

MedRisk also maintains an online library of job descriptions for employers that use the program. Patient education in advance of the evaluation and appointment reminders by text are noted by the company as other important program features.

[Source: MedRisk Inc]