Finding Innovative Ways to Manage Workers Compensation-Related Injuries
Workplace injuries that lead to chronic pain can cause ongoing issues, as an injured employee may mask pain with opioids or other drugs. To help solve this problem, Travelers continues to invest in programs designed to aid in the recovery process and provide alternatives to opioid prescription.
Using a biopsychosocial approach to claim handling helps us understand, identify and acknowledge the many factors involved in an individual’s recovery after an injury or illness. The application of this approach engages injured employees in managing their recovery, leading to a reduction in chronic pain and unnecessary medical treatments, increasing the likelihood of returning to work as soon as medically appropriate. Additionally, we provide our Claim and medical professionals with training to recognize recovery barriers and tools to support the injured employee in overcoming these challenges. To facilitate a more holistic recovery, we implemented a support and training app called Wysa for Returing to Work. Using this app, injured employees can engage an artificial intelligence coach to help build resilience through self-care exercises.
Combining our existing and emerging tools, our approach fosters engagement, facilitates medical care and streamlines the claim process, leading to faster recovery times. These initiatives highlight our focus on finding innovative ways to help customers maintain a safe workplace and manage work-related injuries.
In addition, in September 2022, the Travelers Institute® hosted a public program examining mental well-being in the workplace, its impact on recovery after a workplace injury and how employees can build resilience skills to manage through challenging times. View the program here.