Disability Management Audit
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Introducing the Workplace Disability Management Assessment® (WDMA®)
The Consensus Based Disability Management Audit® (CBDMA®) is a highly calibrated, reliable and weighted tool used for benchmarking an organization’s disability management program.
From this scientifically developed benchmarking tool has now emerged a much shortened Workplace Disability Management Assessment® (WDMA®), which allows workplaces over the course of approximately 6 – 8 hours to obtain a highly accurate snapshot review of their current disability management performance.
What is the WDMA?
The WDMA, which consists of 71 questions, provides an organization with a “snapshot” evaluation of their disability management program utilizing an interview process to review the 16 elements contained in the assessment tool.
The WDMA was developed using standardized psychometric procedures using the extensive CBDMA database to determine specific questions which reflected a high coefficient to the CBDMA but requiring a much shortened administration time requirement. Using standardized psychometric procedures, the WDMA® development utilized the extensive CBDMA® database to arrive at an assessment reliability standard which is reflected in a .98 coefficient to the 360 TQM approach employed by the CBDMA®, but using a much shortened administration time requirement.
The WDMA gathers and organizes information from three main categories and specific elements within each of these categories as follows:
I. Disability Management Policy and Workplace Resources
– Joint Worker-Management Support and Empowerment
– Responsibility, Accountability and Authority
– Workplace Culture and Policy Development
– Information and Communication Management
– Benefit Design and Influences
– Knowledge and Skills of the Disability Management Practitioner
II. Disability Prevention
– Accident Prevention and Safety Programs
– Occupational Ergonomics
– Health Promotion and Wellness
– Injury, Disability and Lost Time Patterns
– Disability Cost Benefit Data
III. Early Intervention and Timely Return to Work Process
– Early Intervention and Worker Communication Protocol
– Case Management Procedures
– Return to Work Coordination
– Transitional Work Options
– Workplace Accommodations
Advantages of the WDMA
The WDMA provides a number of advantages to any organization wishing to evaluate its disability management program:
– It examines the same 16 elements as the full consensus audit, providing statistically reliable information based on the responses provided by the workplace representative(s).
– The time to undertake a WDMA is dramatically reduced (1 – 1.5 days to complete the audit interview on site and 3 days to write the report for a total of 4-5 days).
– The resource commitment of the organization undertaking the assessment is minimal.
– The overall cost to undertake a WDMA is relatively low.
– The WDMA can be undertaken by any organization no matter their size, industry or location.
The information gathered at the workplace is entered into the online audit tool which produces a standardized audit score. The auditor uses this scoring tool to develop a report. The report provides a clear and detailed gap analysis with recommendations for each element assessed.
For further information, please contact:
Michael Carr, RRP, CBDMA, CDMP;
Vice President Operations & Disability Management Services
Ultima Medical Services Inc.