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What about the prevalence of telemedicine? If an employer is seeking objective clinical evidence on a worker’s physical abilities and they have a telemedicine/telehealth appointment, but no objective clinical evidence is available; what can employer do? How can employers get an worker back to work when a telemedicine appointment generates a doctor’s note indicating weeks (or more) off work?

Amanda (TeksMed Services): Employers should keep in mind they do not NEED to wait for medical to make an offer of suitable/modified work. They can base the offer off common-sense restrictions (Ie: one-handed duties for a left-hand injury). Also, other treatment providers can provide limitations or assist in reviewing modified work (Ie: Physiotherapist). As WCB receives more detailed medical at all assessments, if clarification is still needed one can always connect with WCB to obtain specific limitations or abilities.