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How Much of Your WC Cost is Eaten Up on Travel?

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on November 11, 2015

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Travel is a big part of your workers’ comp therapy services cost. That may surprise you, but think about it. The average treatment session lasts one hour. But injured workers spend an average of 1.5 hours traveling to and from their treatment. That’s three hours of wasted time, for every clinic visit.
Plus, you’re paying for more than time. The IRS mileage reimbursement rate for 2015 is 57.5 cents per mile. The farther your injured worker has to travel to get therapy, the more you pay in direct expense. Employers spend an average of $49 per treatment on travel. That can add up fast!

On-site Physical Therapy Eliminates Travel Cost

When injured workers receive treatment at their work site, they don’t waste time driving back and forth to a clinic. You don’t waste money.

On-site Physical Therapy Saves on More than Travel

Clinic-based treatment can improve strength and range of motion to help injured workers heal. But OnSite Physio’s innovative approach provides better care and more efficient care. The therapist can see each employee’s work environment. They can identify the essential tasks needed to do the work. Knowing that, they can determine how the injury occurred. That allows them to devise a customized plan of care that promotes healing and helps prevent re-injury.

When injured workers have to travel to a clinic to receive treatment, they “pay” in time and frustration. They waste time traveling to and from their appointment. They may have to wait around for their session to begin. And they often have to wait for their therapist to finish working with someone else. Travel and waiting do not heal injuries.

Scheduling clinic appointments can be a hassle, increasing the risk of cancelled appointments. That drags out the course of treatment and delays your employee’s return to work. It’s easy to schedule on-site therapy appointments, at work or at home, if needed.  

On-site physical therapy makes it easier for injured workers to stick with their treatment plan. They can recover sooner. In fact, OnSite Physio clients return to work 25% faster than the industry average. Getting better faster builds morale. Accelerated therapy sessions reduce costs:

  • Clinic-based treatment averages 17.1 sessions.
  • On-Site Physio’s average is 9.5 visits.

One-on-one sessions establish a close relationship between your injured worker and their therapist. Your employee has a partner in healing, and that builds trust. On-site treatment also helps injured workers stay physically and mentally engaged with their workplace.

All these benefits add up to increased employee satisfaction. They appreciate the focus on rehab and returning to work. They can see you care about their recovery process. They feel as if the workers’ comp claims process is “on their side.” They feel confident in their ability to work safer in the future to avoid another injury. Preventing repeat injuries saves money:

  • Clinic-based treatment results in an 18% re-injury rate.
  • OnSite Physio’s average re-injury rate is just 3%.

You’re the ultimate hero. The claims process moves to completion faster. Costs are much lower. Company productivity doesn’t suffer. Your future injury rate goes down. On-site physical therapy does so much more than cut out unnecessary travel costs. It is simply a smarter approach to healing work-related injuries.

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