Georgia Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow is happy to care for patients under
the Georgia Workers Compensation System. We have over fifty years
of experience in the Workers Compensation System. We understand
the necessity for early availability, frequent communication, willingness
to fill out appropriate paperwork, and the ability to balance this with
excellent patient care.
What is needed prior to first appointment?
A patient must report the injury to his or her employer. The
employer then fills out a “form WC-1” and the patient
is issued a claim number. Before the patient can be seen in
this office, this process much be completed and the insurance
adjustor should call the office to authorize an initial evaluation.
The patient may then schedule an appointment.
What can the patient expect?
All patients treated by the physicians and staff of Georgia
Hand, Shoulder & Elbow receive the same exceptional healthcare
irrespective of what kind of insurance they have. Workers Compensation
is no different.
What makes services under Workers Compensation different?
- All patients are
required to have an injury report and a claim number prior to their
- Every visit is
performed only with the patient and the physician present. The
patient may have a case manager appointed by the insurance company. The
case manager usually waits in the reception area unless the patient
requests their presence during the evaluation.
After the patient visit, the doctor will meet with the case
manager(if one has been assigned). The patient is of course welcome
and encouraged to be present during this visit.
- The patient will
be given a Work Status Sheet at the end of every visit. The sheet
- summarize the visit
- list what tests have been performed or recommended
- list the medications the patient is prescribed
- report the patient’s work status “no work, restricted
work, regular work, etc.”
- give the date of next appointment.
A copy of this sheet will be faxed to the employer as well as
given to the patient.
diagnostic tests usually require approval beforehand. Georgia
Hand, Shoulder and Elbow is responsible for getting the study approved
and scheduling the test. A followup appointment is usually made
for the next week after the test to review the results.
and urgent surgery will of course be performed without regard
to insurance status. Elective surgery needs to be approved and usually takes
approximately two weeks. The approval request is sent along with
a copy of the office notes. Once approved, the patient will be
scheduled for another office visit to discuss the surgery again,
complete all the necessary paperwork, and give the patient the exact
location and time of the surgery.
A “final rating” will
be issued to all workers compensation patients. This is usually issued
at the end of treatment. When the patient is essentially “healed”,
they are said to be at “MAXIMUM MEDICAL IMPROVEMENT.” The
patient will be examined and according to The AMA Guides to
the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, they will be given
a rating. The rating is based on many factors including motion, sensation,
level of amputation, etc. The rating is not issued until the patient
is at maximum medical improvement and no further significant changes
This section was designed to help our patients learn more about specific conditions and our philosophy of treatment.
Our practice has a physician on call 24 hours every day for emergency consultation. Please call the main office number (404) 352-3522.