Propagating the new work disability paradigm for disability benefits & workers' comp systems

What is The 60 Summits Project?

business professionals at work

The 60 Summits Project brings people together to build a problem-solving team approach to the stay-at-work and return-to-work (SAW/RTW) process.  At our Summits, collaborative relationships begin forming as stakeholders agree that the goal is to minimize the disruptive impact of illness and injury on life and work for employed people as well as their employers. Read more

NEW!  Two handouts for clinicians and others to give to patients and employers with advice on how to best handle medical situations that interfere with a person's ability to work.  (You can give these out freely as long as you retain the 60 Summits logo and copyright notice.)
Handout for patients
Handout for employers

Mission and Goal: We are introducing a new model to all 50 US states and 10 Canadian provinces for preventing needless work disability by helping people stay employed. The adoption of this new approach will increase the availability, well-being, diversity, and productivity of North America's workforce by reducing avoidable lost workdays, presenteeism, benefit costs, job loss, and withdrawal from the workforce. Every time someone stays employed, they keep contributing to the national economy rather than becoming dependent on benefits. Read More

The New Paradigm: The traditional benefits processing model focuses on processing and adjudicating a person’s claim for disability benefits or workers’ compensation accurately and processing the benefits promptly. In contrast, the new work disability prevention model anticipates and seeks to minimize the disruptive impact of illness or injury on everyday life (person + work), and to reach the best achievable overall outcome. Read More

Framework: Our Summits focus on a clear blueprint for improving the SAW / RTW process laid out in a brief report by the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.  ACOEM's new model calls for those who play central roles – workers, healthcare providers and employers – to collaborate in making sure the right things happen. Read More

The Summits: These events are planned by local groups and include many parties – stakeholders – who are called on when a worker develops a potentially-disabling illness or injury. But Summits are only the beginning. Read More