Human Trafficking: A Primer for Workers' Compensation Healthcare Providers
- Identify the social, economic and immigration factors that contribute to human trafficking
- Discover how force, fraud and coercion, is used for exploitation of labor and sexual trafficking
- Recognize the physical and mental health indicators connected to victims of human trafficking
- Describe scenarios where ethical decision-makingmay be complex for reporting human trafficking
- Learn how and where to report suspectedhuman trafficking
Human Trafficking: Labor Exploitation
While we hear a lot about sex trafficking from media coverage in the United States, few of us know the extent of labor trafficking in the United States and abroad. According to Polaris, labor trafficking is suspected to be the most underreported form of human trafficking. Labor exploitation happens every day in the United States leaving workers with no freedom, no health insurance and little money. Workers are made particularly vulnerable to trafficking when hired as independent contractors and as seasonal workers through labor brokers and recruiters.
- Examine the indicators of labor trafficking and exploitation through force, fraud or coercion
- Learn about the specific vulnerabilities of the seasonal, contracted and foreign-born workers
- Identify promising practices for the identification and assistance of victim of human trafficking
So You Need an Air Ambulance... Don't Panic!!
While air ambulance services represent only a small percentage of total ambulance transportations in workers’ compensation, they account for roughly half of the transportation costs. According to a National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) report, in 2017 there were slightly more than 2,300 incidents involving air ambulance transport in the workers’ compensation industry compared to over 45,000 ground ambulance incidents. Given the small number of air ambulance incidents and their relatively high cost, it is understandable why air ambulance services cause so much angst for workers’ compensation professionals in the workers’ compensation industry.
- Knowing when air ambulance is the right choice
- Understanding the process of coordinating air ambulance services
- Pricing issues – a brief overview of fee schedules and legislative activities
- Case studies of real cases that require air ambulance transportation
Telerehabilitation: Helping Patients Recover During COVID
Using telerehab, Physical Therapists (PTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) can continue to work with patients towards recovery by using secure internet connections and video conferencing platforms. Using devices with built-in cameras and microphones, providers can treat patients while the patient remains in the comfort and safety of their own home. This alleviates the patient’s risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus by eliminating travel to and from an outpatient clinic. It also makes continued treatment available if rehabilitation clinics are closed or it allows a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19 to receive treatment while they are quarantined.
- Develop a basic understanding of the different healthcare branches available through telemedicine or telehealth
- Understand which injured workers may benefit from telerehab, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Distinguish between the similarities and differences of traditional rehab in a clinical setting and telerehab
- Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of using telerehab for injured workers
Audiology, Hearing Aids and the Future of Tele-Audiology in Workers' Compensation
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related illness in the US.” Did you know that over 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year with 18% resulting in hearing loss? And that number of hearing claims is expected to increase over the coming months and years as more Baby Boomers retire (ages 54-70).
Take a deep dive into hearing claims and related issues and learn all about the types of hearing loss claimants are experiencing, the most common causes of hearing loss, noise-induced damage, testing and available treatments, hearing devices, technology, and more.
- Occupational Hearing Loss Stats
- Types of Hearing Loss
- Causes of Hearing Loss
- Effects of Noise Exposure
- Hearing Loss Prevention
- Audiograms – What to Look For
- Hearing Aid Pricing
- Hearing Aids & Accessories (Essential versus Nonessential)
- Tele-Audiology the Future is NOW