Return to Work Planning

A return to work plan lays out the steps that need to be taken to return an employee to his or her pre-injury job.

In the ideal situation, the plan is developed jointly by the injured employee, the employee’s supervisor, and if applicable, the return to work program manager (who co-ordinates the process), the worker’s health care provider (through the provision of restrictions), and the union representative, (if applicable).

Our Winsor Health medical department, can assist in the process when the need arises. A return to work plan includes the following:

  1. The goals of the plan.
  2. The actions required to achieve these goals.
  3. Time frames for achieving these goals.
  4. Health care needs.

Medical Assessments (IMEs)

According to the Ministry of Labour – Prevention Council, musculoskeletal disorders and stress for employees account for the majority of work-related lost-time claims. This cost workplaces hundreds of millions of dollars from absenteeism and lost productivity.  An employee’s family physician alone is not a reliable source of providing employers with an objective diagnosis of his/her patient’s health or an accurate prognosis for recovery.

An Independent Medical Evaluation is an objective, physical or mental health assessment conducted by a physician or allied  professional. The purpose of the assessment is to determine the nature and extent of an injury. The findings of the examination are documented in a formal written report that addresses specific questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment.
Winsor Health’s administrative staff will also make arrangements for your employee or claimant’s transportation and interpretation services as required.  Our mandate is to complete each assessment with the highest level of convenience and professionalism.

Medical File and Case Reviews

Our file review protocol will provide you with the fastest possible turnaround time for Medical File and Case Reviews. Our medical teams are experienced in reviewing the relevant documents to ensure the most comprehensive and accurate evidence-based report. Our Medical File Reviews emphasize conclusions and recommendations based on the medical evidence and within a reasonable degree of medical probability and certainty.

Each report is thoroughly vetted by our Quality Assurance Team to ensure that it fully addresses all aspects of referral request and that the outcomes are clearly defined and defensible.

Gathering Clinical Records

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For further information contact: Patricia Poulin-Ulbricht at patricia.ulbricht@winsorhealth.ca

Diagnostic Test Coordination

Our Staff will coordinate all diagnostic and investigative tests for your employees within days, eliminating long wait times for hospital bookings.

Complex Claims

Winsor Health will assist you with the management of complex or long duration claims.  We will gather all the appropriate health and allied professionals to work directly with the employee, their family and / or treating physician to gain insight into their impairments and medical restrictions and will develop a plan of action to Assess, diagnose and prepare an intense treatment plan to assist the employee to return to work or work modification or accommodation.

Our Case managers will also provide support to help individuals learn more about, and ultimately make decisions regarding:

  • Monitoring of physical and/or mental illness and symptoms
  • Helping develop better coping strategies (positive psychology)
  • Developing and maintaining independence
  • Education supports
  • Employment / Volunteering supports
  • Life and social skills development
  • Health & wellness
  • Linking with other community services

Treatment Plan Reviews

Winsor Health assessors and case managers will gather medical information and review all treatment plans to ensure the correct treatment protocols are being utilized to assist the employee and ensure that the correct fees are being charged for services.  We will contact all the treatment providers listed on treatment plans to help determine that the treatment(s) proposed are reasonable and necessary and the appropriate fees for services are being charged.

Medical Briefing Services

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For further information contact: Patricia Poulin-Ulbricht at patricia.ulbricht@winsorhealth.ca