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Services

Urban Health Systems offers a variety of services. Please read below or call us at 214-337-4700 if you would like more information.

Federal Workers' Comp

The Division of Federal Employees' Compensation adjudicates new claims for benefits and manages ongoing cases; pays medical expenses and compensation benefits to injured workers and survivors; and helps injured employees return to work when they are medically able to do so.

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act provides workers' compensation coverage to three million federal and postal workers around the world for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases. The Division of Federal Employees' Compensation (DFEC) has responsibility for administering the Act through its twelve district offices and national office.

Source: United States Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec

State Workers' Comp

Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that provides covered employees with income and medical benefits if they sustain a work-related injury or illness.  Texas private employers can choose whether or not to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees.  In most cases, your employer is required to notify you whether or not they provide coverage.

Workers’ compensation pays your medical bills and replaces a portion of your lost wages if: you are injured at work or have a work-related illness; and your employer has workers’ compensation insurance coverage under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, Title 5, Subtitle A, Labor Code. 

Source: Texas Department of Insurance
http://www.tdi.texas.gov

Chronic Pain Clinic

Urban Health Systems is home to Urban Rehab.

Urban Rehab's interdisciplinary chronic pain program (ICPP) is an evidence-based comprehensive treatment program designed for individuals suffering from chronic pain and remain functionally disabled despite conventional treatment.

The Urban Rehab ICPP has been developed to address the unique and challenging needs of individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Patients in our program have typically exhausted conventional treatrment options but continue to suffer from pain beyond the normal healing period. Inactivity, deconditioning, sleep disturbance, medication over-use, pschological distress and functionals impairment are often the inevitable consequences of chronic, longstanding pain.

The evidence-based program offers hope to chronic pain sufferers by promoting rehabilitation, recovery, independence and a return to a more functional and healthy lifestyle. The ICPP is goal-oriented, patient-centered and comprehensive in scope. Our treatment team strives to provide excellence in care, with treatment modalities supported by the empirical research literature for chronic pain.

Services offered include (but are not limited to):

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Therapeutic Aquatics
  • Therapeutic Activites
  • Biofeedback Training
  • Group and Individual Psychological Counseling

Group Counseling available:

  • Re-socialization
  • Vocational
  • Pain Education
  • Life Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Psycho physiological (biofeedback)
  • Wellness

The Rehab Group can be contacted directly at 214-339-2047.

Pro Athlete Disability Evaluation

NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Players injured while playing for their club maybe entitled to benefits under state workers’ compensation laws. Although there are differences from state-to-state, workers’ compensation benefits generally take three different forms (some or all of which may be available to you):

  • Disability pay or wage loss benefits to provide compensation for any wages lost as the result of injury;

  • Lump-sum benefits to provide compensation for permanent loss of function. This may be available even if you are still being paid salary in some states;

  • Medical benefits for medical expenses related to the work injury. This may be your most important benefit as the Club will not pay for medical treatment after you leave the team and private insurance may not cover a work-related injury.

YOU must act to protect your right to workers’ compensation for your injury. Failing to act will result in the loss of these important benefits. There are time limitations for filing and the time limitations begin to run in many states from the date of injury, whether you are being paid or not!

Source: NFL Players Association
http://www.nflplayers.com

General Disability Evaluation

Physicians are frequently involved in the assessment of impairment and disability as the treating physician, in consultation, or as an independent medical examiner.

The key elements of this assessment include a comprehensive clinical evaluation and appropriate standardized testing to establish the diagnosis, characterize the severity of impairment, and communicate the patient's abilities, restrictions, and need for accommodation.

The results of the impairment evaluation should be communicated in clear, simple terms to nonmedical professionals representing the benefits systems. These individuals make the final determination on the extent of disability and eligibility for benefits and compensation under that particular benefits system.

Source: The American Family Physician
http://www.aafp.org

V.A. Evaluation

There are numerous types of claims that apply to disability compensation. They can be based on disabilities that existed when entering military service, but were made worse, disabilities that occurred during service, or disabilities that arose after you left military service. Additionally, there are claims that are filed for special circumstances.

Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
http://benefits.va.gov

Social Security Evaluation

Dr. Shade performs disability evaluations which meet Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.


Additional information

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA)
http://www.ssa.gov

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide benefits based on disability: 

  • the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act (the Act)) and
  • the supplemental security income (SSI) program (title XVI of the Act).

Impairment Ratings

In general, impairment is a decreased function in a body part(s) or organ(s) established by medical evidence. Impairment ratings are based on the evaluation of specific medical tests (i.e. pulmonary function tests, liver function tests, etc.) that can be done by any qualified physician. In other words, medical evaluations necessary to evaluate the degree of loss of function of body parts that are affected by the covered condition.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov

Independent Medical Evaluation

Independent medical examinations (IMEs) are evaluations performed by an evaluator not involved in the care of the examinee, for clarifying clinical and case issues.  IMEs are an important component of workers' compensation systems, and are also used to clarify other disability or liability associated cases. Impairment evaluations are often used to provide a more objective understanding of the impact of an injury or illness.

Source: American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
http://www.abime.org

Initial Medical Evaluation

Initial medical examinations are utilized by various companies and government agencies to establish a person's medical baseline at the time of examination. Situations which may require an initial medical examination include:

  • New employment
  • Insurance coverage
  • Admission / application process
  • Event participation

Medical Referral

In certain situations patients may be referred to a specialist for treatment of specific medical needs.

Physical Rehabilitation

Physical medicine and rehabilitation are services that can help people regain body functions they lost due to medical conditions or injury.

The patient may need a full rehabilitation program and treatment plan to help with medical, physical, social, emotional, and professional problems. The rehabilitation focus often goes beyond the part of the body that was injured, in order to help the patient recover.

Source: Medline Plus, a service of U.S. National Library of Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation is the use of water and specifically designed activity by qualified personnel to aid in the restoration, extension, maintenance and quality of function for persons with acute, transient, or chronic disabilities, syndromes or diseases

Source: Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute
http://www.ncpad.org

Orthopedics

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, and allows you to move, work, and be active.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://www.aaos.org