Physical Therapy

Identification of Maximum Medical Improvement

In today’s intricate healthcare environment for treating workplace injuries, understanding Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is essential to reducing costs. Oftentimes injured workers will meet a treatment plateau before all of the prescribed physical therapy visits are used. CorVel’s therapists are experienced in all occupational injuries and are able to identify MMI and release from treatment. This proactive approach provides the best care for injured workers while reducing costs.

Unnecessary Treatments
An injured worker was prescribed 36 physical therapy visits for treatment of injuries, however, after review, it was revealed that the patient was recently treated for the same injury and had plateaued in progress. State legislation allows a patient to be discharged as long as there is communication with the physician. CorVel’s specialty care network verified this communication occurred and the patient was successfully discharged after one visit with agreement from the CorVel Case Manager.

Released for full-duty after 1 visit.

Communication with Treating Therapist
An injured worker with a lower back injury was seen for a course of skilled therapy and demonstrated immediate improvements and recovery toward work-related goals. CorVel’s Therapy Review team identified the injured worker’s status and potential to advance independent of additional unnecessary therapy intervention. The patient returned to the physician and was released to full duty after seven skilled therapy visits.

Released for full-duty after 7 visits.

Functional Capacity
An injured worker with minimal deficits was identified at initial evaluation review and was prescribed a second review after a 6 visit progress report for possible discharge planning. The employee successfully demonstrated range of motion within normal limits and strength within functional limits. It was determined that no further physical therapy visits were needed.

Released for modified-duty after 2 visits.