To help doctors understand the role of return-to-work in recovery, CIGNA Group Insurance introduced a new Physicians' Disability Toolkit, an informational Web site for health care providers and their office staff is designed to aid patients' treatment and recovery plans.

The Physicians' Disability Toolkit was developed to help health care professionals understand how the disability claim process works, and the important role of medical information in making disability claim decisions. The Web site is a single-source of information about the disability management process, including the basics of short- and long-term disability, the difference between workers' compensation and non-occupational disability, and the treating provider's role in helping to make informed disability decisions.

All physicians can access the Toolkit through CIGNA's provider Web site at http://www.cigna.com/group/toolkit/pdt/. CIGNA's disability nurse case managers or vocational rehabilitation counselors also will send an electronic Toolkit link to a treating physician's office during the disability claim process.

The Toolkit includes answers to physicians' most frequently asked questions, contact information and handy copies of the information forms usually faxed to physicians, including medical requests, behavioral health requests, physical abilities assessments, and psychiatric functional assessment forms.

Source: CIGNA

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