Workers’ compensation is a mandatory insurance program provided by the University of Minnesota that provides for payment of medical expenses and lost wages for employees who suffer work-related injuries or illness. This system may also provide permanent disability benefits for those who qualify. Minnesota state law regulates which benefits are due to an injured employee. The University pays the full cost of the workers’ compensation program and contracts with Sedgwick Claims Management Services (SCMS) to administer the claims.
It’s important that supervisors are notified right away when an employee is injured during work. Early reporting will allow the University and Sedgwick to communicate with the employee about additional resources as needed.
UMD Workers' Compensation Procedure in Reporting and Managing Claims Presentation - (PPT)
UMD Workers’ Compensation Procedure on Reporting and Management
Reporting a Workers' Compensation Injury
Referring the Employee for Medical Care:
When an injury requires medical attention, the University encourages the use of our Designated Medical Providers because these providers specialize in occupational medicine and are familiar with our Workers’ Compensation process. Under Minnesota law, an injured employee has the right to select his/her own treating physician. At times, the employee may be required to see a provider selected by the University.
Express Scripts administers the Prescription Drug Program for the University of Minnesota's Workers’ Compensation program. The Prescription Drug Program will eliminate co-pays and out-of pocket expenses for medications prescribed for an accepted Workers’ Compensation claim.
Employees who experience an aggravation or re-injury of a previous work-related injury also should be directed for medical treatment.
Forward all medical bills to the Claims Administrator for payment.
Returning the Employee to Work:
The Medical Provider must complete a Report of Workability (1) and give it to the employee and Human Resources & Equal Opportunity. The Report of Workability will indicate when the employee can return to work and whether job modifications are required to accommodate physical restrictions. The employee will provide a copy of the Report of Workability to the UMD Worker’s Compensation Coordinator, who will update the supervisor with the employee’s work status.
Payroll Issues Concerning Work-related Accidents
There are two (2) ways an employee can choose to get paid when losing time from work for a work-related injury:
Please discuss with your department/unit payroll contact about which payroll option you want to select regarding pay for any lost time from work due to your injury.
UReturn - Finding Your Way Back to Work
UReturn is an integrated disability services program designed to assist and support all University faculty and staff who experience an illness or injury, both work-related or non work-related.
UReturn obtains and confidentially maintains medical documents, certifies eligibility for services, recommends adjustments or reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of these for employees with illness or injury. As a neutral party, a UReturn specialist assists employees and their supervisors in implementing appropriate accommodations/adjustments.
UReturn work with employees and supervisors to ensure that medical conditions - both occupational and nonoccupational - are evaluated so that employees can return to work quickly and safely.
If you think you have a medical condition or disability that is affecting your job, please contact Nancy Erickson for a confidential consultation. More information about the UReturn Program can be found here.
Designated Medical Providers
IF INJURY/ILLNESS IS AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
An employee may choose to receive treatment from a Designated Medical Provider, or another provider. UMD’s Designated Medical Providers are:
For a full list of designated medical providers, please click here.
UMD Health Services
After hours, on weekends or holidays
Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center/Emergency Care and Trauma Center
St. Luke's Hospital
University of Minnesota Duluth
Sedgwick Claims Management Services
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry