Workers’ compensation is unfamiliar territory for many people. The following is a list of terms and their definitions that may be helpful.
Accommodation - An accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions.
ADA – The Americans with Disabilities Act is legislation that was passed in 1993 and amended in 2008. The University of Iowa supports the 2008 amendments and will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities when the condition significantly affects the job.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Leave – Leave taken under the FMLA – time away from work that is protected for up to twelve weeks per calendar year for eligible employees. Eligible employees missing time from work due to work injuries utilize FMLA leave for related absences.
First Report of Injury Form – Used to report a work-related injury. This form is available through the HR Self Service site under HR Applications.
Maximum Medical Improvement Status (MMI) - A term used by medical providers to indicate when a patient has attained a ‘recovery plateau’; that is, the patient is not expected to improve significantly beyond the indicated date.
Missed Time Weekly Report – A University of Iowa form that is completed by designated departmental staff reporting hours of work, and restricted work assignments/hours etc. for employees receiving benefits related to their approved workers’ compensation claim. This form is available through the HR Self-Service site under HR Applications.
Patient Status Report (PSR) – A specific document completed by the authorized medical provider that indicates medical diagnosis, treatment plan, physical restrictions/capabilities, and recheck date, if any.
Permanent Partial Disability – A determination made by physician when the healing period has ended (MMI) indicating a permanent health status/condition exists for which permanent restrictions may be assigned.