Reed Group® Partners with Texas DARS for Section 508 Compliant MDGuidelines

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Reed Group announced today that it has partnered with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to complete a new 508-compliant version of MDGuidelines, Reed Group’s industry-leading reference toolset for optimizing return-to-work outcomes for employers and medical providers. MDGuidelines Easy Access is a fast, image-free site for the visually impaired who depend upon screen readers or keyboard shortcuts.

Reed Group announced today that it has partnered with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to complete a new 508-compliant version of MDGuidelines, Reed Group’s industry-leading reference toolset for optimizing return-to-work outcomes for employers and medical providers.

MDGuidelines Easy Access is a fast, image-free site for the visually impaired who depend upon screen readers or keyboard shortcuts.

“Enabling employees for productivity is our highest mission,” says Reed Group President, Guidelines, Jon Seymour, M.D. “And we are pleased to be able to offer MDGuidelines in a format that allows the visually impaired increased access and opportunities.”

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation selected Reed Group’s Medical Disability Advisor (MDA), now published within MDGuidelines, for the statewide adoption of return-to-work guidelines in 2006. Since May 1, 2007, Texas health care providers have been required to use the MDA when providing non-network health care to injured or ill employees in the workers’ compensation system.

Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act requires that governmental agencies make their information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

With more than 1300 medical topics, Reed Group’s MDGuidelines is the leading return-to-work (RTW) reference toolset. MDGuidelines includes evidence-based, physician-reviewed RTW duration guidelines, a powerful predictive modeling tool that enables case managers to tailor guidelines to individual employees, medical monographs suitable for educating employees, and APG-I occupational treatment guidelines by ACOEM (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine).

For more information about the 508-compliant MDGuidelines Easy Access, please visit http://www.mdguidelines.com.

ABOUT REED GROUP
Reed Group® is the world’s most trusted source of return-to-work information, helping companies improve employee absence outcomes. Reed Group’s data, tools, customized solutions, and case management services help reduce absence incidence and duration, and get employees back to normal, healthy lives and full productivity. Reed Group is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. More information at http://www.reedgroup.com and http://www.mdguidelines.com

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