Why do some employees take much longer to recover than predicted by the average return-to-work duration for their conditions? There are many reasons why this can happen, but one of the most important to look at is the existence of comorbid conditions. Comorbid conditions are other existing medical factors that can greatly extend the time needed to recover.
Experienced case managers know that a diabetic employee with a lacerated toe will probably take longer to heal and require more care than a non-diabetic employee. Common comorbid conditions besides diabetes include clinical depression, obesity, arthritis, high blood pressure, back or spinal problems and asthma.
Our new MDGuidelines Predictive Modeling Tool allows case managers to factor in comorbid conditions when determining return-to-work durations. If you’d like to see a demonstration, please contact John Nelson, director of sales, Guidelines at 866.889.4449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.