New Providers Team Up with COHE Community of Eastern Washington
October 22, 2015
Spokane, WA--The Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) Community of Eastern Washington, a public-private partnership between St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), recently added new providers from Stevens County to their network, helping injured workers return to work safely and when medically ready.
Providence Mount Carmel Hospital emergency department in Colville, Wash. and clinical providers for Providence Northeast Washington Medical Group are now working with COHE health service coordinators to improve injured worker outcomes and streamline worker's compensation processes.
"Emergency departments and clinics are where workers immediately go after an injury," said Ben Doornink, program director for COHE Community of Eastern Washington. "Our health service coordinators work with clinicians on industry best practices with the goal of getting injured workers back to health and back to work."
In 2014, nearly 1,300 providers at over 400 clinics and 35 hospital emergency departments participated in eastern Washington's COHE, enabling $35 million in savings annually in medical and disability costs.
"The benefits for health care providers, employers and employees connecting with COHE are tremendous for creating a healthy and effective workforce," said Ron Rehn, chief executive for Providence Health Care's Stevens County Ministries. "With more than 300 work-related injuries treated by Providence annually, COHE helps us remain good stewards of our economy while putting the health and welfare of our friends, family and neighbors at the forefront."
"We continue have to a great collaboration with the medical community throughout the region," Doornink said. "Our goal of increasing COHE services to rural populations is achieved through these partnerships-ensuring access for high quality care and creating a healthy and effective workforce."
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COHE Community of Eastern Washington is dedicated to providing training and organizational support to medical providers to increase use of best practices in treating injured workers in 19 counties. A 2011 study found that injured workers treated by COHE-affiliated health care providers are away from work for 20 percent fewer days than other injured workers. COHE care also reduces disability and medical costs by $510 per claim during the first year. COHE Community of Eastern Washington has offices in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Wenatchee and is a program of St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute.