Maryland Workers' Compensation
Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefit: Vocational
rehabilitation benefits include services provided directly to a client
with the intent of returning a client to suitable gainful employment.
Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners:
medical case managers coordinating medical rehabilitation services,
rehabilitation counselors, and vocational evaluators providing
vocational rehabilitation services whether 'on-site, telephonic, or in
or out of state', are listed as vocational rehabilitation practitioners.
Physical therapists and occupational therapists that provide functional
evaluations also fall under the category of a Vocational Rehabilitation
Rules for Vocational Rehabilitation Service
Practitioners 'COMAR 14.09.04
Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners must look at what
is in the best interest of the disabled covered employee ' each
individual whether he/she are represented or not represent should
have the same treatment.
The vocational rehabilitation practitioner (VRP) is at all times
responsible for to exercising independent professional judgments when
providing and recording recommendations for medical/vocational
rehabilitation for a disabled covered employee. It should be without undue
influence from outside parties such as the employer/insurer or the claimant
or their attorneys.
Rehabilitation practitioners shall exercise
independent and professional judgment when performing an assessment or
developing a vocational rehabilitation plan.
practitioners are independent professionals and therefore shall render an
opinion based solely on the facts and evidence in the case.
Rehabilitation practitioners must tell the disabled covered employee who
he/she is working for, who is paying their fee for service.
rehabilitation practitioner's professionalism must never be in question; the
practitioner should treat each disabled covered employee with respect and