Workers' Compensation - Inpatient Services
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital welcomes patients who are covered by workers compensation insurance. Our Admissions Office staff will assist with the referral and admissions process. After the admission process is complete and the patient has undergone evaluations by each member of the team, a multi-disciplinary summary will be faxed to the case manager. We will make every attempt to promptly address specific questions asked by the case managers at any point during the admission.
An inpatient case manager is assigned to each case and will be the link between the insurance company's case manager and our clinical staff. Progress reports will be generated after weekly Team Meetings and faxed to the payer's case manager. Our case manager will also coordinate the patient's discharge, including any needs related to supplies, durable medical equipment, and follow-up outpatient services.
During an inpatient admission, a patient covered under workers compensation will have a Pre-Vocational Assessment. This interview style assessment identifies the patient's past work experiences. It also includes a vocational interest inventory and a discussion of the patient's return-to-work goals which takes into account the patient's present physical and cognitive abilities. This early attention to vocational issues sets the stage for more successful return to work strategies.
The following services are also available. Depending on the length of admission, these services are available on an out-patient basis. A price list for these services is available upon request.
- Vocational Rehabilitation - More comprehensive vocational rehabilitation evaluations and planning services are available for in-patients and out-patients. Staff specifically trained in this area will explore and evaluate the patient or client's education, training, work history, interests, and skills. Aptitude and Achievement testing is done to determine vocational strengths and limitations. Conferring with the client and case manager, staff will establish goals and develop a program which may include training, job site evaluation, determination of reasonable accommodations and follow-up.
- Home, School, and Workplace Accessibility Assessments - Our rehabilitation engineering staff provides expert barrier assessment of the home, school and workplace environments. The customized report will include recommendations that are specific to each patient.
- Driver Training Program - Ours is the only fully-equipped program in the Washington metropolitan area available to persons with disabling injuries or illness who want to learn to drive for the first time or return to driving.
- Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic - The goals of the this program are to maximize each client's independence and safety in the home and community, improve posture and function and prevent secondary medical, orthopaedic, and skin problems caused by poor seating.
If you have specific questions regarding Workers Compensation for inpatients, please contact our Admissions office at 202.877.1152.