An eclectic group of grantees will demonstrate various ways of improving workers' compensation programs under an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Princeton, N.J.-based philanthropy awarded nearly $3 million to 10 of the 60 organizations that applied.
The funded projects apply managed-care approaches to the medical-care component of workers' compensation, implement and evaluate "24-hour coverage" programs, and study the effectiveness of practice parameters.
For example, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, San Francisco, received a one-year, $121,560 grant to implement guidelines on caring for patients with certain work-related disorders.
The Electrical Employers Self-Insurance Safety Plan, Flushing, N.Y., received a three-year, $374,000 grant to implement and evaluate a 24-hour healthcare and disability benefits program for 15,000 electrical workers.
A two-year, $270,400 grant went to Kansas City, Mo.-based Mid-America Coalition on Health Care, which represents 30 employers, to study a medical-care program developed with medical providers, occupational health services, labor and the regional medical society.