Soft tissue Injury claims

What an x-ray does for broken bones the EFA does for soft-tissue injuries!

Exciting Technology

The Electrodiagnostic Functional Assessment (EFA) is a medical/legal evaluation that integrates, in real-time, numerous medically accepted tests, including EMG (electromyography), range of motion testing, and functional capacity evaluations. These are conducted simultaneously to measure muscle response recorded from paired sensors placed on the surface of the injured area. The patient’s functional ability is tested at rest and during full range of motion, as well as bilaterally for comparison.

The EFA can determine causation and assist with treatment recommendations. Additionally, the integration of tests in real-time allows for determination of acute verses chronic pathology and level of effort. Central to the EFA is our proprietary device, which has been registered as a Class II PMR diagnostic medical device by the FDA.

 

Soft Tissue Management Program

The EFA-Soft Tissue Management (STM) program is a patent-pending process that dramatically reduces the costs associated with soft tissue injuries in the workplace setting. The program has been specifically designed for an employer’s current workforce, as well as new hires, in compliance with ADAAA and EEOC regulations. It begins with a baseline assessment, which is not read, but instead is stored in a secured database.

When a work-related injury is reported, a post-injury assessment is performed, at which time the information collected from the baseline assessment is compared to the data from the post-injury assessment. The baseline data is read only if an injury occurs and the post-loss assessment is performed.

 

Unprecedented Information

By establishing an objective snapshot of the new employee’s physical condition, the program provides unprecedented information to employers.
Jurisdictional mandate of workers’ compensation requires employers to be liable for bringing the injured employee back to their pre-injury condition.

Unfortunately, employers have never had the ability to obtain a definitive picture of an employee’s pre-injury condition. The information provided by the EFA not only meets Daubert Standards*, it has passed Daubert challenges and changed Federal outcomes.

The post-injury assessment findings help to provide an accurate diagnosis, which subsequently leads to improved, site-specific treatment and a superior recovery process for injured workers.

Cost Savings

The STM program positively impacts direct and indirect costs, as well as potential future liabilities created by Medicare Set Asides. The savings are derived from determining causation and if the injury arose out of the course and scope of employment.  With the EFA results, an employer’s true liability for a claim is established and the employer is not responsible for pre-existing conditions. This unprecedented access to information prevents costly misdiagnosis, unnecessary or inappropriate surgeries, prolonged treatment periods and fraudulent claims.

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To learn more about EFA contact dparekh@picmed.com