Injury or illness, when and wherever it happens, can seriously interfere with our ability to work. That can cause problems for everyone – for us, for our families, for others in our work place, for our employers and sometimes even for our regular medical providers, who may not be familiar with the mechanics and requirements of Hawaii’s Workers’ Compensation system.
A new kind of practice has arrived with Dr. Meinke. His focus is on preserving and restoring the dignity and pride that comes from the ability to earn an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. To this end, he may perform himself, or call for, any of the following:
- Primary care of injury and illness
- Specialist referral
- Certified Medical Review Officer
- Drug testing
- Ergonomic evaluation
- Esoteric healing
- Fitness for duty evaluation
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Independent medical evaluation
- Job fit evaluation
- Job site evaluation
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological evaluation
- Occupational therapy
- Vocational therapy
He recognizes that many factors may play a role where injury or illness has interfered with work and does not hesitate to address any of these in his effort to help set things right.
The difference is in Dr. Meinke’s comprehensive approach to illness or injury that limits our ability to work. From the very first visit, the many factors that can interfere with a rapid return to work are already under consideration. Using his years of experience in the field Dr. Meinke then creates a Plan of Treatment that utilizes only those means and modalities that he considers most effective for the situation and that anticipates a timely return to active duty.
For the injured worker, reassurance comes from communication with an experienced professional who listens to what they have to say and can address their concerns in a direct and personal manner. Dr. Meinke hopes that each patient who leaves his office has a clear idea of the plan of treatment and, where possible, the expected outcome.
For employers, satisfaction grows from knowing that Dr. Meinke’s management is designed to get people back to regular work with a minimum of lost time and productivity. They can count on Dr. Meinke to alert them when he feels there are issues other than the injury itself that are affecting the return to work.
For adjusters and case managers, Dr. Meinke offers years of experience dealing with important issues such as causation and impairment rating, along with an understanding of how the systems within which we work can conspire to delay a return to work rather than facilitate it.
For those times when you are not able to schedule a visit with your regular provider and for health problems that just don’t seem to warrant the time and effort of scheduling with your regular provider, Dr. Meinke is available. He is quick to note, however, that neither he — nor any other ambulatory care giver — can replace the quality of the care you receive from your regular provider. He will make every effort to see that the care he gives is communicated promptly to your regular health care giver. Problems of a more serious nature will be referred back to your regular provider, to an appropriate specialist or to the Emergency Department. Most insurances are accepted.