MAXIMUS (NYSE: MMS), a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Health Management Limited, will operate the new Health and Work Service (HWS) program on behalf of the United Kingdom’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The 63-month contract will begin on August 1, 2014 and will run through October 31, 2019.
The goal of the HWS program is to help employees manage their medical conditions more effectively by providing timely access to clinical services for non-emergency care and get them on a path to return to work. Under the program, Health Management clinicians will offer medical assessments and return-to-work plans for employees who have been absent from work for four consecutive weeks due to illness. Clinicians will conduct consultations to identify the factors preventing an employee from returning to work and then recommend a return-to-work plan.
The service will launch on a phased basis beginning with the North of England, Midlands and Wales by late 2014, then nationally by May 2015. While these services are available to all employees, given the qualifying length of absence, most referrals will likely come from general practitioners, as well as employers who do not have existing occupational health programs.
“The Health and Work Service program is a natural opportunity to demonstrate Health Management’s expertise as the UK’s largest occupational health care provider and an important step in our long-term goal of expanding in this important market,” commented Richard A. Montoni, Chief Executive Officer of MAXIMUS. “While we expect an initial start-up loss due to the nature of the contract, the overall program economics are strong and once ramped, the contract is in-line with our targeted range of portfolio performance. This is a great example of the opportunities that we have to continue our growth and generate long-term shareholder value, while at the same time delivering our clients the outcomes that matter to their programs. We remain firmly committed to delivering the highest level of service to the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the individuals served by the HWS program.”
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