When you treat patients for on-the-job injuries, you might hear from their employers or workers’ compensation claim representatives. Employers and insurers want to:
Send by mail:
PO Box 9416
Minneapolis, MN 55440
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SFM also accepts electronic bills and attachments through e-billing agent Jopari Solutions. Sign up at jopari.com or call (866) 269-0554. SFM’s e-billing Payer ID is J1553.
Fax any requests for procedures with supporting documentation to SFM at (800) 944-1169.
Early return-to-work has been shown to help employees maintain their psychological wellbeing because it’s conducive to keeping them active and engaged, according to a Job Accommodation Network report .
Research shows that workers who are injured on the job, particularly those with soft-tissue injuries, recover faster and more successfully when they return to work as soon as safely possible.
~ Don Graham, MD, British Columbia Medical Journal website
How you can help employers bring your patients back to work as soon as they are medically able:
Injured workers’ doctors play an important role in the claims process and, more importantly, their recovery. When treating an injured employee, you need to do the following three things.
It’s important to determine the mechanism of injury. For example, you might note “The employee was lifting a 50-pound box at work and felt pain in his lower back.” Also note any pre-existing conditions that might be related to the injury or delay healing.
A patient reaches maximum medical improvement when no further significant or lasting improvement from the injury is reasonably anticipated, regardless of subjective complaints. You may be asked to determine when the injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement and whether he or she has any permanent disability from the work injury.
Promptly fax any requests for procedures with supporting documentation to the insurer. The SFM fax number is (800) 944-1169.