How much of your company budget for workplace injuries is going to fix injuries that are misdiagnosed in the initial phase? A new study by a consulting group called “Best Doctors” estimates that more than 20% of on-the-job injuries may be misdiagnosed and that number climbs to 50% for the most expensive workers compensation case. All told, the group believes that American industry spends $15 billion a year on cases that were misdiagnosed. You can review the study here.
Here are a few of the ways that Best Doctors says misdiagnosis costs companies:
- MISDIAGNOSIS LEADS TO A FUTILE CHASE FOR PAIN RELIEF – If the initial diagnosis is incorrect, it sets up a cycle of continual pain, more aggressive treatments and increased frustration.
- SURGEON UTILIZES QUESTIONABLE MRI FINDING TO PROPOSE SURGERY NOT RELATED TO THE PATIENT’S INJURY – MRI’s are important tools in diagnosing injuries, but they are only one tool. in many cases, a conservative approach that allows an injury to heal naturally is the right treatment.
- THE TREATMENT PLAN RELIES TOO MUCH ON OPIOIDS, MAKING THINGS WORSE – The complications and potential dangers of opiodes have received enormous attention, but they are still being prescribed incorrectly in many cases.
- THE TREATMENT TEAM IS NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH – While conservative approaches are generally best, certain cases, such as brain injuries, require high-level expert care. Knowing the right approach for the case is critical.
Does your injury management program protect you and your employees from these “five deadly sins” of misdiagnosis?