Fit For Work Cuts Extensive Costs In The Workplace With Injury Prevention

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Fit For Work, a San Antonio-based Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine company that Senator Cornyn has recognized as an advocate for lower health care costs, helps businesses cut extensive costs through injury prevention.

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50% cost reductions with improved results are not typical in any industry. Fit For Work has been able to reproduce these results for the clients they work with while doing so across a diverse industry sector and population.

In his April 2011 bill to lower healthcare costs, Senator John Cornyn (Republican- Texas) recognizes that “health care costs are spiraling out of control” and cites that the United States spends approximately 17% of its gross domestic product on health care. This is more than any other industrialized country. Fit For Work, a San Antonio-based Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine company that Senator Cornyn has recognized as an advocate for lower health care costs, helps businesses cut extensive costs through injury prevention.

For over a decade, Fit for Work has provided a model for health care cost savings to numerous local and national clients and maintained reductions in worker’s compensation costs of no less than fifty percent. By implementing early a model of early intervention, functional ergonomics programs, fit for duty tests, and employee training within the workplace, there is a reduction in the risks associated with physical demands and the subsequent need for health care. The lower the risk, the lower the incidents... the better the health, the lower the costs of health care. Prevention, early intervention and evidence based medical management are critical aspects of Fit For Work’s services.

“Many of these types of programs have been around individually for a long time,” explains Tom Tobin, MBA, OTR, CEO of Fit For Work. “Fit For Work has a unique way of combining them to get dramatically better results. Fifty percent cost reductions with improved results are not typical in any industry. Fit For Work has been able to reproduce these results for the clients they work with while doing so across a diverse industry sector and population.”

Senator Cornyn visited Fit for Work at the San Antonio, Texas Frito-Lay Food Manufacturing Facility after learning of Fit for Work in January 2010. While there, he saw first-hand how Fit For Work helps Frito-Lay employees prevent work-related injuries and lower health care costs. Studies show an emphasis on workplace wellness leads to a healthier and more productive workforce, along with savings on health costs. Senator Cornyn experienced a training demonstration in which Fit For Work staff trained Frito-Lay employees how to carry out their responsibilities at work in a way that promotes wellness and prevents injury.

Fit for Work follows a model of care analogous to a sports team, identifying workers as industrial athletes with the goal of injury prevention and early intervention. Instead of a model where they would benefit from prescribed care and medical costs, Fit for Work’s measure of success is tied to the physical health and safety of the employees as well as the financial health and safety record of the companies with which they work. Sports teams don’t wait for players to be taken out of the game before doing something about their musculoskeletal concerns, nor do Fit For Work clients wait for their employees to be “taken out of the game” with a serious injury. Fit for Work focuses on preventing tomorrow’s cost and pain by eliminating it today.

For more information on Fit For Work and their services, please visit wellworkforce.com.

About Fit For Work:
Fit for Work is a privately held Occupational and Industrial Health practice developed around a model of prevention and early intervention. Founded in 1998, Fit for Work has continuously sought to provide large and small employers alike with a non-traditional service model. This model combines a progressive approach to injury prevention and treatment based on an underlying and proven principle that putting the right worker in the right place in as safe a manner as possible results in decreased costs, decreased injuries, increased profitability and increased productivity. For more information, please visit wellworkforce.com.

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