For Work Comp Case Managers

This page is for Workers’ Compensation case managers, claims managers or life care planners who are seeking options for their injured client. It is specifically for patients who need a “tune up,” those who never participated in rehabilitation, or injured workers who have previously participated in rehabilitation and are more than six months post-injury.

To request either a routine evaluation (to treat) or a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (CDE) of a client to be conducted by Shepherd Center, contact Heddi Silon, director of Workers’ Compensation, at 404-350-7312 or email Heddi.

The CDE questionnaire you can download below will allow you to convey information about your client. Please submit the completed form to heddi_silon@shepherd.org or fax to 404-350-3145.

Download the CDE questionnaire.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE)

A CDE is a comprehensive assessment of your client conducted by Shepherd Center. It may consist of the following:

  • Physiatry
  • Nursing
  • Upper-Extremity Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Computer Needs Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Seating Evaluation
  • Radiology

A CDE can also include the potential for a consulting physician evaluation such as urology, gastroenterology or orthopedics.

The client would undergo medical diagnostics, intervention, treatment plan, and therapy recommendations as determined by the team. This model serves:

  1. A person who has multiple unresolved issues, or who has possibly been misdiagnosed.
  2. A person who has completed rehabilitation, but has not been given an opportunity to work in a specialized setting with exposure to equipment improving quality of life.
  3. A person who has experienced a decline in functional ability.
  4. A patient who requires specific evaluations to settle a medical/legal case.

Rehab Upgrade Evaluation - CARE (Client-Centered Approach to Rehabilitation Evaluation)

A Rehab Upgrade Evaluation is an assessment of your client conducted by Shepherd Center. This type of assessment is best for:

  • A person with a spinal cord injury or a brain injury – or both – who has participated in a rehabilitation program in the past, but is experiencing some medical setbacks. This person could be debilitated from that medical setback and may need a rehabilitation admission for the purpose of restoring a prior level of function.

  • A person who may be experiencing long-term effects of aging with a spinal cord injury. We are now seeing people who live more than 20-30 years post injury. As they age, they may need a rehabilitation upgrade to establish different goals, reconfigure a bowel or bladder program, or obtain durable medical equipment that better meets their current needs.