Sedgwick ADA Accommodation Specialist in Dubuque, Iowa
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ADA Accommodation Specialist
PRIMARY PURPOSE : To enhance the ADA process for claimants requesting accommodations under the ADAAA; to review complex medical information for temporary and permanent accommodation requests; and to approve and/or negotiate restrictions as required under the ADAAA, state and/or client requirements.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES
Reviews medical information for ADAAA temporary and permanent accommodation requests.
Approves and/or negotiates accommodations as written; renegotiates reasonable alternative accommodations, or denies restrictions based on lack of supporting documentation through correspondence with physician, colleague, department and other key stakeholders.
Maintains regular contact with colleagues, supervisors, health care providers, and other key stakeholders regarding progress and status of accommodations; assists in the resolution of any challenges related to the accommodations.
Conducts interactive discussions with claimants and employers, assists in answering/resolving any follow-up questions/issues and helps identify clarifications, when needed, from health care providers.
Acts as a subject matter expert and resource to supervisors, colleagues, union, or physicians regarding accommodation/work restriction issues and processes. Provides advice and counsel as appropriate and acts as a liaison between all parties when necessary.
Ascertains the specific physical tolerances and vocational skills needed for particular employment positions; makes decisions or assists case management staff in making decisions regarding a client's competence in performing a particular position.
Adheres to all medical and legal regulations and accreditation standards.
Reviews the essential job functions provided by the employer along with restrictions/limitations provided by the claimant and their treating provider to confirm the claimant can meet the essential functions with or without the accommodation(s) requested.
Contacts employers to obtain specific information regarding an area of employment, i.e., training or education needed, physical demands, wages and benefits, and availability.
Thoroughly reviews contested claims.
Assists as needed with submission of accommodation recommendations to employers for consideration.
Works closely with other members of team to: a) ensure smooth transition from medical case management into job placement; and/or b) discuss the progress on each case suggesting changes in rehabilitation plans.
Documents contacts in claim notes; prepares reports and/or forms documenting the results of research/negotiations performed; and tracks disposition decisions.
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as assigned.
Supports the organization's quality program(s).
Education & Licensing
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work or vocational rehabilitation is preferred. At least one of the following licenses or certifications is required: RN, LVN, CRC, COHN, CVE, LPC, OTR/L, or LCSW.
Four (4) years of related experience or equivalent combination of experience and education required. Medical disability or vocational rehabilitation experience preferred.
Skills & Knowledge
Excellent oral and written communication, including presentation skills
PC literate, including Microsoft Office products
Analytical and interpretive skills
Strong organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent negotiation skills
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to meet or exceed Performance Competencies
When applicable and appropriate, consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.
Mental: Clear and conceptual thinking ability; excellent judgment, troubleshooting, problem solving, analysis, and discretion; ability to handle work-related stress; ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously; and ability to meet deadlines
Physical: Computer keyboarding, travel as required
Auditory/Visual: Hearing, vision and talking
The statements contained in this document are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a colleague assigned to this description. They are not intended to constitute a comprehensive list of functions, duties, or local variances. Management retains the discretion to add or to change the duties of the position at any time.
Sedgwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.
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