He understands the special challenges presented by industrial injuries.
Specifically for injured workers Dr. Kassman has extensive experience with both operative and non-operative care of industrial and work related injuries. He frequently provides second opinions and Independent Evaluations for complex industrial orthopedic problems. He is not only a skilled surgeon but also knowledgeable regarding appropriate use of The AMA Guide for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment and the Official Disability Guidelines. He realizes that effective management of the patient with an industrial injury requires close partnership and communication between the patient, the employer, the insurance carrier, and the physician. Creating this working partnership is the most effective way to minimize long term impairment and disability, while maximizing the probability of early and lasting return to work.
He knows that early diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries are the keys to returning an injured worker to the job as soon as possible thereby reducing both medical costs and time lost from work. His goal is to provide excellent medical care to the injured worker, while at the same time keeping the employer and insurance carrier apprised of the patient’s treatment plan, progress, and work status. Additionally, his experience in workers compensation report writing to insures that written communications are thorough and contain all the information needed for case managers and adjustors to perform their job efficiently and with confidence.
He believes in working closely with the patient, the employer and the carrier to develop appropriate work restrictions and light duty assignments. Cost-containment strategies include judicious and appropriate use of ancillary services and testing procedures.