What are the Costs Associated with being a Member of the Academy?
Joining the AAWCP is a cost-effective way to maintain and increase your Workers’ Compensation revenue. The Academy is far less costly than other methods – such as:
· Hiring a dedicated full-time employee
· Doing the work yourself
· Employing a professional and experienced marketer
· Purchasing TV/Radio ads or a print ad or billboard
· Physicians: $300 a year
· Insurance Agents/Brokers: $150 a year
· Attorneys: $150 a year
· Pharmaceutical Companies/Medical Device Companies: Call for Quote
· Hospitals/Surgery Centers/Physical Rehabilitation Centers: Call for Quote
· Medical Practice Managers/Administrators: Complementary when at least 2 doctors from your practice join. Otherwise, $300 a year.
· Insurers/Self-Insured Entities/Municipalities: Complementary in Most Circumstances
· Third Party Administrators/Case Managers/Adjusters: Complementary in Most Circumstances
In addition, we offer a market listing service for any Physician who provides Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) or Medical File Reviews. The cost is $50 a year for each of these categories.
What is Expected from an AAWCP?
· Schedule patients within 8 hours of referral.
· Strive to see the patient within twenty minutes of an appointment.
· Utilize and complete the standard “Quick Report” form and return to the provider same-day.
· Communicate via telephone with Case Managers during normal office hours, when necessary.
· Support practice office staff with the patient care coordination process.
· Comply with established referral management protocols.
· Participate with Case Managers in patient-specific case reviews when necessary.
· Maintain current knowledge of Workers’ Compensation best practices.
Also, after recent meetings with numerous insurance companies, case management companies and TPAs, we have compiled a list of the most important aspects those companies look for when choosing a Workers’ Compensation provider.
1. Medical History: A thorough medical history of prior related medical treatment sets the stage for excellent care.
2. Injury: A Physician should focus solely on the authorized Workers’ Compensation injury. If an unauthorized/unrelated ailment surfaces during examination, the Physician should inquire how to proceed prior to treating that injury.
3. Return-to-Work Policies: A Physician must be reasonable with return-to-work policies, presenting logic and reasoning if delaying return-to-work. Future referrals are more likely to be obtained when compliant and reasonable with these policies.
Communication: Communication is
vital to a great working relationship. How quickly a patient can be seen is a
deciding factor when directing care, along with the timeliness and completeness
of the “Quick Note” and full report.
In certain cases, a direct line of communication with the physician can play a significant role. We are aware of the Physician’s busy schedule and limited time to be on the phone; however, a quick and simple phone call can make a difference. This line of communication could prevent unnecessary delays in the claim and can further enhance the Physician and Case Managers’ working relationship.
Inservices are also significant in establishing a working relationship and
building rapport. Adjusters and case managers not only appreciate the
Physician’s time giving an Inservice presentation, but they also are more
comfortable referring to a physician they have previously met.
We will continue to evaluate the marketplace and their needs.