Improving Workforce Participation for Persons with Differing Abilities

Improving Workforce Participation for Persons with Differing Abilities October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme, America’s Workforce: Empowering All, recognizes the importance of removing access barriers to increase participation in the workforce by persons with disabilities. Currently, we have more open jobs in our economy than we have job seekers. Just…

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Relating ORS Occupational Demands to Residual Functional Capacity

Relating ORS Occupational Demands to Residual Functional Capacity Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE was invited to Washington, D.C. by the National Academy of Sciences to present and discuss residual functional capacity with its Standing Committee of Medical Experts and SSA staff in the Office of Disability Policy. Other invited guest experts included Melanie T. Ellexson,…

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How Does Occupational Accountable Care Differ From Usual Care?

How Does Occupational Accountable Care Differ From Usual Care? With USUAL CARE, return to work decisions are based primarily on subjective complaints and physical exam findings that are poor predictors of work and lifestyle functioning: No pre-injury baseline of musculoskeletal fitness is available to monitor recovery progress. “Sick Notes” written to excuse “patients” from work…

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Adopting a Societal Approach to Promote Return to Work and Daily Function

Adopting a Societal Approach to Promote Return to Work and Daily Function Injuries and illnesses that result in lost time from work cost the US economy about $589 billion per year (Integrated Benefits Institute, 2012). Early intervention to promote stay-at-work and return-to-work plays a significant role in a person’s health, recovery from injury or illness,…

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2017 Year In Review

Welcome to 2018! WorkAbility Systems, Inc. experienced some impressive developments in 2017 to position itself for bold moves in occupational health. Together with our WorkAbility providers and WorkerFIT partner, we are raising the bar to promote workforce safety, wellness, and productivity from hire to retire. Find out how WorkAbility Systems and its members took on…

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Measuring Functional Progress in Response to Pain Intervention

Measuring Functional Progress in Response to Pain Intervention by Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CDMS Assess Physical Function and Risks BEFORE Starting Opioid Therapy! Opioids are commonly prescribed to alleviate pain. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 38% of all non-institutionalized adults in the US used prescription opioids in 2015 (1). Nearly…

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