Occupational Health Services: Group Health At Work

Recognized for Occupational Health Excellence

Group Health is proud to be a part of Washington State Department of Labor & Industries' network of Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE). As one of only six COHEs in the state, Group Health employs occupational health best practices and works effectively to improve injured worker health and reduce disability.

COHE for Providers

As COHE providers, Group Health physicians receive in-depth training on occupational health best practices, designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability. Clinic staff also gets training on administrative practices to support a streamlined recovery process. From clinical expertise to administrative support, the focus is always on efficient, effective care.

Group Health providers participating in the COHE have access to special billing codes and free continuing medical education. Other resources for COHE providers include:

  • Claim assistance from the COHE health services coordinator.
  • Access to COHE advisors, including specialists who agree to see injured workers for consultations or to provide phone consultations.
  • Training in, and assistance in implementing, occupational health best practices.

Important Processes and Forms

In addition to medical treatment guidelines, every Group Health occupational health provider follows a set of best practices as defined by COHE to help streamline the claim and recovery process:

  • Report of Accident (ROA): To be completed fully and submitted within two business days or less so that claims can be quickly opened.
  • Activity Prescription Form (APF): To be completed on the first office visit or when the patient's restrictions change so that provider, patient, employer, and claim manager are all kept current.
  • Provider phone call to employer: At first visit, a Group Health provider advises the employer when patient is taken off work or put on restrictions.
  • Barriers to return to work assessment: A specialized visit focuses on barriers to work when the patient is off work at four weeks.
Referring Patients

Group Health offers occupational medicine services at 12 of our Group Health Medical Centers. Refer your patients to us for ongoing occupational health services. Share this flyer (PDF) with your patients and get them on the road to recovery.