Medical testing and exam referrals
|Purpose||To accept the request or recommendation for a test or exam, make arrangements for the worker to attend their appointment, and share the results with all parties once it is complete.|
The decision maker reviews the request to ensure that it will meet the needs of the worker and will contribute to their recovery and return to work. They will collect additional information about the worker’s injury and recovery progress as needed.
The decision maker seeks out appropriate options and treatment providers (if available) and discusses the options with the worker. Together they decide the best course of action and the decision maker strives to remove any barriers that may prevent the worker from attending their appointment.
Once the chosen testing or examination is booked, the decision maker ensures the appointment information is communicated to all parties and that additional arrangements are made such as wage loss replacement, accommodations or interpreters.
Results of the test or exam are then shared with the worker and their general practitioner and other specialists, either through the treatment provider or through the decision maker.
Medical testing and exams can be beneficial when the worker’s recovery is not progressing as expected or there are barriers preventing their return to work.
They are used to assess a worker’s injury, make a diagnosis, recommend a treatment plan or expedite surgery or treatment.
Requests for testing and exam referrals are usually submitted through the worker’s specialist, community health care provider, general practitioner or their employer. In some cases, a WCB decision maker can request a referral when they recognize the need for an assessment and their worker meets the criteria. In some cases, WCB departments such as Medical Services or Millard Health and Healthcare Strategy may be involved in facilitating referrals.