VocWorks can provide a Feasibility Review of an Injured Worker to determine if an individual will benefit from Vocational Rehabilitation.
Initial Feasibility Review for Vocational Rehabilitation Services as identified in The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Chapter 4.
1. Feasibility for vocational services means there is a reasonable probability that the injured worker will benefit from services at this time and return to work as a result of the services. Feasibility is initially determined at the time of referral and is continually assessed throughout the rehabilitation process.
Determination of an injured worker’s feasibility for vocational rehabilitation services shall include, but not be limited to, review of the following information and factors:
- (A) An injured worker is feasible for vocational rehabilitation services when a review of all available information demonstrates that it is likely the provision of such services will result in the injured worker returning to work.
- (B) An injured worker is not feasible for vocational rehabilitation services when a review of all available information demonstrates that, in spite of the provision of such services, it is likely the injured worker will not return to work.
- (C) “All available information” means records, documents, written and oral statements, and any and all medical, psychological, vocational, social, and historical data, of any kind whatsoever, developed in the claim through which vocational rehabilitation is sought or otherwise, that is relevant to the determination of an injured worker’s feasibility for vocational rehabilitation services.
Some examples of feasibility issues are:
- The injured worker’s interest in returning to work.
- The injured worker’s past participation in vocational rehabilitation plans or other bureau provided services.
- Documentation of events that could impact the injured worker’s ability to participate in vocational rehabilitation services at this time (including, but not limited to hospitalization, scheduled surgery, vacation, incarceration, etc.).
- Documentation of medical and psychological issues, including pain issues, medication or substance abuse issues, both related and unrelated to the allowed conditions in the referred claim.
Medication Usage as a Feasibility Factor:
During the initial interview, the vocational case manager must request specific information from the injured worker concerning medication usage- both prescribed and over-the-counter-including frequency, dose and prescription source. The vocational case manager must discuss the injured worker‘s medication usage with the physician of record to help determine feasibility. There should be special emphasis on the injured worker’s ability to drive or operate equipment while using the medication. The physician of record should provide written documentation of any restrictions limiting participation in vocational treatment services or affecting the job goal.