Positive Reinforcement in Range of Motion
In 1948, the state of New Jersey implemented a payroll tax to employers and employees for the purpose of funding a wage-replacement program designed to help employees suffering from a non-work related injury that prevents them from working. New Jersey is only one of five states currently in the United States that has such a program, that is designed to be a source of supplemental income, and is only for situations that are temporary, with benefits lasting up to 28 weeks.
In terms of permanent disability, New Jersey is one of six states that do not specify a guideline to use in evaluating permanent disability, unlike the others, which have adopted a statutory framework similar to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
In both temporary and permanent cases, claims are sent to state agencies, who review the applications and determine whether the patient is eligible for benefits. And, unlike other states, New Jersey has a higher-than-average wait time for processing of claims, when compared to other states.
In many cases, insufficient medical evidence warrants an Independent Medical Examination, which, while done at no cost to the patient, is not done by the initial attending physician, poses a significant delay to the process of receiving benefits, and can be the reason why a claim is denied.
The most efficient way to achieve success in your New Jersey disability claim is to provide as much objective, documented evidence as possible in regards to your case. In fact, the Claim For Disability Benefits Application (DS-1) requests the following: “Clinical data and tests to support diagnosis.” In short, the state needs to have proof of medical necessity in order to consider the patient eligible for disability benefits, in the form of tangible data, to accompany the physician’s diagnosis.
P.R.O.O.F. Preferred is a leader in meeting the increasing need for credible data in the healthcare industry, with a system of Range of Motion and Muscle Testing devices that are of the most credible, understood, established, objective and accepted methods for proving medical necessity, as well as developing the proper treatment plan for each patient that meets their unique needs.
With products that are modular in nature, providing two levels of reports as well as a number of options that can allow the system to be customized, the P.R.O.O.F. Preferred system can clearly document limitations or impairment and demonstrate improvement over time. The reports are tangible as well as providing excellent outcome assessments that are valued as documentation as proof of an injury, as well as the continuing need for medical treatment.
With P.R.O.O.F. Preferred’s report-driven system, there is credible data to provide that will eliminate a lot of the delays that can occur with a disability claim, as well as the benefits of being able to easily access a patient’s improvements and limitations without extensive, time-consuming manual testing, the results of which can lead to delay or denial of a claim.
Kennebec is a leader in the industry of Range of Motion and Muscle Testing software. For more information on their revolutionary P.R.O.O.F. Preferred products, contact them today.