The Federal Occupational Health (FOH) Medical Employability Program (MEP) works with agency managers to find cost-effective ways of retaining employees and reducing attrition. We make recommendations pertaining to employees' ability to perform the essential functions of a specific position as it relates to their medical condition(s).
The MEP team addresses a wide range of employee conditions, from lower back pain and limited vision, to bipolar disorder and autism. We help keep your agency workforce intact by working with management to bring employees back to work in a timely manner and by improving their ability to do their jobs. As a result, agencies maintain a high level of productivity.
"The FOH staff, from the doctors, nurses, and the administrators of the program, show a firm dedication to their services. We would highly recommend them as a partner in the well-being and protection of our workplace."
- Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
MEP services are available to agencies throughout the nation. Services can provide include:
- Case Management
- Continuation of Health Benefits for Adult Children
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Advanced Sick Leave
- Fitness for Duty (medical and psychological)
- Leave Bank Medical Management
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Disability Package Review
- Onsite clinical care, referral, and follow-up
- Reasonable Accommodation (including handicapped parking and workstation ergonomic evaluation)
- Return to Work/Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP)
FOH can also assist managers in providing risk communication on medical issues affecting employees, managers, and human resources personnel.
The MEP medical staff is comprised of board certified Occupational and Environmental Medicine physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners. The medical providers are trained to assess medical information about validity and standard of medical care. Our providers adhere to applicable Federal regulations, including congressional policies and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines.
MEP staff complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which addresses the security and privacy of health data, including electronic health care transactions and identifiers. MEP also fulfills the requirements set under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act.