When is it appropriate to refer an individual into case management?
There are many reasons for referring an individual into case management, whether it is to obtain a definitive diagnosis, coordinate services to achieve a timely conclusion, or establish a causal relationship between a work-related injury and a current condition.
Case management may also be appropriate if the individual:
- Appears to be showing no sign of progress
- Is treating with several physicians simultaneously
- Has an extended disability without apparent medical cause
- Makes frequent visits to the emergency room
- Has prolonged medical care when he or she appears able to return to work
- Has multiple or complicated diagnoses, such as: spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, burns, severe orthopedic injuries, and amputation/reattachment of limbs