WSIB Programs of Care

New WSIB Episodes of Care Program Begins:

A new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board program, kicking off today, will give regulated health professionals new flexibility in treating non-surgical fracture patients.
Effective today, WSIB is introducing the Non-Surgical Fracture Episode of Care program. Unlike a typical Program of Care, an Episode of Care does not stipulate specific treatment interventions. However, treatments must support the patient’s functional recovery goals, as identified by the original assessment.
This program will be delivered by regulated health professionals. WSIB envisions it as the “first line of rehabilitation” for workers with healed fractures that did not require surgical intervention, but who are no longer immobilized and have received medical clearance for rehabilitation.
Because the program does not specify which interventions a health care provider must use, regulated health professionals using this EOC program will have a great deal of freedom to determine the most appropriate treatment for the patient’s fracture. These treatments must support SMART goals and relative activities related to functionality.
The program begins with an initial assessment and report. Treatment and outcome measurements follow for up to eight weeks, with a minimum of six visits. Finally, a summary or discharge report wraps up the program. With it comes new reporting requirements to improve communication around functional status and return-to-work planning.

The program is open to any regulated health professional, provided the injury falls within their scope of practice. However, health professionals who are not primary care providers must have a referral from a primary care professional, such as a physician, chiropractor, physiotherapist or nurse practitioner.
This program can include WSIB fees of approximately $550, plus another $40 for the final summary report.
Information can be found online at this link, or by calling the Health Professional Access Line at 1-800-569-7919 or 416-344-4526.

Information about the WSIB Musculoskeletal Program of Care for Kinesiologists (MSK POC).

WSIB are introducing a new, evidence-based Program of Care, the MSK POC, intended for musculoskeletal injuries, excluding injuries to the low back or shoulder. This POC was developed in collaboration with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario.

The MSK POC is an evidence-based health care delivery program which describes treatment interventions that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. The MSK POC emphasizes task-specific and worker-specific rehabilitation and, consistent with the "Better at Work" philosophy, makes staying at work or returning to work an integral component of rehabilitation.

Full details on the MSK POC are now available on the WSIB website.

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