Workers’ Comp

At MD West ONE, we understand the special challenges presented in treating work-related injuries and conditions. We know there is a delicate balance between providing conservative treatment while quickly returning employees back to work, and providing excellent medical care to the injured worker.

We are dedicated to making workers compensation cases as seamless as possible. We believe in working closely with the patient, the employer, and the insurance carrier to develop an appropriate course of treatment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED WORK COMP QUESTIONS

DEDICATION TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES:

  • Prompt evaluation and treatment of work-related injuries
  • Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Coordinator
  • Coordinated case management
  • Conservative approach to care
  • Safe, quick return to work for employees
  • Several convenient clinic locations around the Omaha metro
  • Immediate appointment access through Ortho Urgent Care
  • Access to 15 board certified, orthopedic sub-specialized physicians and 9 board certified neurosurgeons
  • A history of experienced, high-quality professional care
  • Comprehensive head-to-toe care for nearly all musculoskeletal injuries and conditions

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COORDINATOR

Staci McKee and Chris Dimartino are the Work Comp Coordinators for MD West ONE. They can be your contact for all work related items including appointments, necessary reports, and will function as your liaison with all of our physicians. If you wish, you can contact the physician’s nurse directly and/or work through the Work Comp Coordinators

Omaha and Bellevue Offices:

Staci McKee

Phone: (402) 361-5274

Fax: (402) 361-5276

Fremont, Blair & Schuyler Offices:

Chris Dimartino

Phone: (402) 391-1361

Fax: (402) 721-9661

ORTHOPEDIC EDUCATION SEMINAR SERIES

MD West ONE offers a FREE quarterly seminar targeted towards physicians, physicians assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, attorneys, nurse case managers and insurance adjusters and is typically good for one (1) free continuing education credit.

The seminars are rotated between our West Omaha and Central Omaha offices. We are currently in the process of setting a date for our next seminar.

Contact Staci at (402) 390-4111 to get more details on the subject matter or to reserve a space.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OR WE CAN BE OF ADDITIONAL SERVICE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT STACI DIRECTLY FOR ALL YOUR WORK COMP CARE NEEDS.

Workers’ Compensation Patient FAQs 

CAN MY EMPLOYER SAY THAT MY INJURY IS NOT WORK-RELATED?

Your Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier will investigate your claim and make the final determination as to whether or not your claim is work-related. Our office records of your visit with our physician(s) may be used in the process of making that determination.

WHEN WILL I START GETTING PAID?

We recognize that being injured on the job can cause financial hardship for patients, but we do not control the compensation or payroll checks for injured workers. Your Workers’ Compensation insurance adjustor will make this decision.

IF MY EMPLOYER DOES NOT HAVE A LIGHT DUTY PROGRAM, CAN I BE SENT BACK TO WORK?

The treating orthopedic surgeon can not keep patients who are unable to perform their regular job role completely out of work if they are not completely disabled. We are required to indicate your physical limitations due to the injury. Often, this means that the employer will provide light duty work until you are fully recovered, or design a light duty program for you.

If there is no light duty available, or temporary light duty is not available, your employer may choose to put you out of work.

Your orthopedic surgeon cannot put you completely out of work, just because your employer does not have a light duty program.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY EMPLOYER OR SUPERVISOR ASKS ME TO DO WORK THAT IS NOT LISTED ON MY WORK CAPACITY FORM?

If this happens, please call our office and speak to our Workers Compensation Coordinator. She can help you resolve the concern by speaking with the doctor and insurance carrier, and potentially the employer.

AM I REALLY SUPPOSED TO GO BACK TO WORK THE SAME DAY?

In many instances, you may be released with restrictions to go back to work the same day as your office visit. Please read the work capacity form and comply with the directions or discuss them with your doctor if you have questions.

CAN I GET A NOTE THAT EXCUSES ME FROM WORK THAT I MISSED?

The only way to get a note that excuses you from work, is to be seen by the doctor. You can not expect to get the doctor to excuse you from work if you did not see our doctor even if your absence from work was really due to your injury.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COORDINATOR

If you have any questions, or we can be of additional service, please feel free to contact Staci McKee, our Workers’ Compensation Coordinator directly at (402) 390-4111 for all your work comp care needs.