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Glossary

 

Accident: An unforeseen or unintentional injury including those resulting from occupational disease.

Authorized Treatment Provider: Medical practitioner authorized by the managed care provider to deliver medical care related to an injury covered by worker’s compensation regulations.

Compensable Injury: An injury arising from and in the course of employment while performing duties that benefit the employer.

Fitness for Duty: Determination by a medical provider that an injured employee is capable of returning to the workplace to assume duties assigned by the employer.

Frequent Flyer: Term used to describe an employee who makes frequent claims of workplace injury that are often difficult to substantiate.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE): A series of medically prescribed tests used to assess an employee’s ability to perform the physical requirements of a job.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI): A specific point in time when a medically determinable impairment has become stable and further treatment is not expected to improve the condition.

Modified Duty (Modified Duty): Temporary job duties assigned to an injured employee that allow return to the work environment in a productive capacity performing duties within the physical limitations caused by the injury.

Occupational Disease: A disease resulting from employment conditions under which work was performed or as a natural outcome of that work.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): Compensation paid to an employee for an injury that is permanent in nature.

Permanent Total Disability (PTD): Compensation paid to an employee for an injury that is permanent in nature and the employee is unable to earn wages in the same or other employment.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD): Compensation paid to an employee during a temporary period of time when the employee is unable to perform any work