The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has renewed its contract with The Everett Clinic as one of its Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE). COHEs are organizations that improve medical treatment for Washington's injured workers.
"The COHEs have proven their ability to prevent disability for workers," said Joel Sacks, L&I director. "By improving occupational health care, they keep valuable workers on the job and reduce costs for employers."
COHEs provide training and organizational support to medical providers to increase their use of best practices in treating injured workers. These best practices focus on safely returning workers to full function and full employment. Examples of best practices include talking with the employer about return to work and regularly assessing a worker's ability to do work activities.
A 2011 study found that injured workers treated by COHE-affiliated health-care providers are away from work for 20 percent fewer days than other injured workers. COHE care also reduces disability and medical costs by $510 per claim during the first year.