SOURCE: Best Doctors

November 06, 2007 09:00 ET

A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies and Best Doctors Enterprise Partnership Drives Better Healthcare for Injured Workers and Cost Savings for Employers

Innovative Partnership Improves Medical Care for On-the-Job Injuries

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Best Doctors® Inc., the trusted partner to patients and physicians in delivering the right diagnosis and the right treatment, and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Companies (A.I.M. Mutual) have announced the preliminary results of their effort to help improve quality of care for those suffering work-related injuries. Best Doctors offers A.I.M. Mutual's 16,500 insured employer groups and 150,000 member employees voluntary access to its expert medical community to help injured workers get the right care.

A.I.M. Mutual recognized the need to proactively help its customers' injured employees who are facing debilitating work-related injuries get back to work and on with their lives. Through the Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute, injured employees insured by A.I.M. Mutual have access to highly skilled nurse advocates and top medical experts in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries, rehabilitation and other specialties -- helping reduce inappropriate care, over-treatment and ensuring that evidence-based medical practices are followed. Best Doctors works closely with injured workers, their attorneys and the A.I.M. Mutual claim staff to help employees find their way through the complicated care delivery system and answer patients' questions.

"As a mutual insurer, we have a responsibility to our policyholders and their workforce to deliver the services they need," said John Myers, CEO of A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. "We chose to seek out an enterprise partner who could work with us to expedite quality medical care for people injured on-the-job and help them navigate through the complex healthcare system. We already have a strong commitment to claim and injury management, and it was clear Best Doctors shared our passion for innovation and could deliver the clinical expertise to help us make significant strides."

According to Michael Kelley, Vice President for Claims at A.I.M., the best part of the program is the entire focus is on improving quality of care and it is voluntary. "Our goal is to help injured workers get better care and the result has been a win/win for injured workers and our policyholders." Since joining forces with Best Doctors, A.I.M. Mutual has seen a 15 percent decrease in the duration of workplace disability over the prior years as well as quantifiable reductions in medical and pharmacy expenses.

"More than ever, workers with serious injuries need help navigating the complex care landscape to ensure they get the right diagnosis and treatment the first time," said Michael J. Shor, Managing Director of the Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute. "We are pleased to partner with A.I.M. Mutual to help injured workers get the care they need and certainly deserve. We are all exceptionally proud to help injured employees get the right care quickly and successfully return to productive lives."

About A.I.M. Mutual

A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies is one of the largest writers of workers compensation insurance in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, A.I.M. Mutual's mission is to provide employers and their employees with the highest level of service they expect and deserve. A.I.M. Mutual partners with employers who share a genuine commitment to reduce work-related injuries and assure that employees, if injured, have the opportunity to return to work quickly and safely. It is by being different that A.I.M. Mutual distinguishes itself and works every day to maintain and enhance that difference.

About Best Doctors

Best Doctors, Inc. is the trusted resource to patients and physicians in delivering the right diagnosis and the right treatment. The organization serves employers, health plans and financial institutions by dramatically improving the quality of healthcare at the point of treatment for individuals with complex and serious illnesses and injuries. Founded in 1989 by two Harvard Medical School professors, Best Doctors serves more than 260 insurers, employers and health plans, touching 10 million people in 30 countries. For more information, visit or call 1-800-223-5003.

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