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Genex Develops Ebola Guidelines for the Workers’ Comp Industry

Protocols among first specifically focused on infected workers

December 17, 2014 – Wayne, Pa. – As health care experts worldwide work diligently to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Genex Services, LLC, one of the nation’s largest providers of managed care services, is doing its part by issuing one of the first workers’ compensation-specific clinical guidelines on treating the infectious, and potentially fatal, disease.

The guidelines, “Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses: Ebola and Marburg,” go beyond clinical directives provided by WHO, the CDC or Official Disability Guidelines to provide the much-needed guidance employers and carriers need from a workers’ compensation perspective. “Genex developed the guidelines at the requests of both internal and external providers and nurse case managers looking for workers’ comp-specific treatment protocols to treat Ebola,” said Dr. Maury Guzick, Genex branch manager and physician advisor.

“In the workers’ comp field, there are significant risks to health care workers, emergency responders, laboratory and airline staff, among others,” said Guzick. “These workers are more likely to come into contact with an infected person or their bodily fluids. With so many workers at risk, it’s critical that guidelines are developed and made available to help treat infected workers and prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola and Marburg throughout the U.S. workforce."

Ebola and Marburg are rare RNA filoviruses that cause severe hemorrhagic fever. The viruses are highly contagious, but only through direct contact with an infected person. After the Ebola infection invades the body, it replicates quickly causing vomiting, diarrhea and rash, and can also lead to both external and internal bleeding. As the virus spreads, it can lead to decreased function of the liver and kidneys. The patient’s blood, body fluids and tissues become highly infectious.

In the U.S., health care practice in treating Ebola has been directed through guidelines issued by the CDC. The Genex guidelines offers workers’ comp professionals detailed diagnostic criteria, treatment approaches, red flags, coding information and return-to-work protocols to help the infected patient get back to work. Genex plans to make the guidelines public in January.

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About Genex Services, LLC

Genex Services (www.genexservices.com) is the trusted provider of managed care services that enables workers’ compensation payors and risk managers to transform their bottom lines. Genex is the most experienced managed care provider in the industry, with more than 2,500 employees and 47 service locations throughout North America.  The company serves 381 of the top Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. today. In addition, Genex is the only company that delivers high quality clinical services enhanced by intelligent systems and 360-degree data analysis to consistently drive superior results related to medical, wage loss, and productivity costs associated with claims in the workers’ compensation, disability, automobile, and health care systems.

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