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Everybody Loves Raymond…….. and Delaware Superior Court Ruling Allows IAB to Bypass Utilization Review
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, this one is a big deal, folks, a procedural lollapalooza, with props to both Mike Galbraith and Dennis Menton who heralded the Superior Court appellate decision as it was released by the Court. Allow me to simply introduce Mike's comments and... Read More

Just Say No! DE IAB Decision Affirming UR Denial of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Based on Addiction
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

"One drug is too many and a thousand not enough." (Anonymous) Luciana Gorum sent me today's decision because she thought I needed a good laugh. And while there is nothing funny about addiction, this case does prompt a chuckle over the... Read More

Bruce Almighty….. and Another Surgery Is Awarded At the DE IAB
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

Today's post comes to us via Dr. Bruce Rudin. You know, Dr. Rudin of the "Jesus Syndrome, Walks on Water" fame? This case is the employer's appeal of a Utilization Review certification of cervical spine surgery and related treatment... Read More

Serial Killer: Delaware IAB Addresses the Issue of Treatment Post-UR Non-Cert…and How Long Does a UR Non-Cert “Stick”?
Posted on 16 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I discovered for the first time since the inception of The Detour & Frolic, that there are times I just don't feel blog-motivated...today being one of them. I want to share, I want to banter, but my shoulder hurts and I am cranky form having the... Read More

“Please Sir, I Want Some More”: Latest IAB Appeal Case in Delaware & the Inadequacy of UR Decisions
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

First, some good news. The Roberts family has expanded by one. I hope to have a picture of our newest addition in the coming days. Another rescue cat-this one a kitten named "Cruiser" after the police vehicle which took him in style to the shelter... Read More

Put the Knife Back in the Butcher Block, Please – Another Ditty About Surgery at the Delaware IAB
Posted on 20 Sep 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

As Susan Hauske might say, defense lawyers we are on a roll. Susan was prompted to share the ruling du jour in light of my recent (9/6/12) post titled Walks on Water? , a discussion of a recent ruling in which surgery was denied, a rare occurrence here... Read More

Just Say No! DE IAB Decision Affirming UR Denial of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Based on Addiction
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

"One drug is too many and a thousand not enough." (Anonymous) Luciana Gorum sent me today's decision because she thought I needed a good laugh. And while there is nothing funny about addiction, this case does prompt a chuckle over... Read More

Hurts So Good: Delaware UR Appeal Reverses In Favor Of Peripheral Nerve Stimulator
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Let's face it-Mike Freebery in his cashmere robe is a tough act to follow. So is Wil Davis basking in the glow of his successful defense of a heart attack case (not quite sure what he wears to bed). But along comes James Donovan with a little update... Read More

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder In This Delaware Utilization Review Appeal
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

So here is the sub-title: IAB Denies Employer's UR Appeal Despite Lack of Testimony from Claimant's Treating Doctor. Pretty catchy, huh? Props this week to claimant attorney Michael Galbraith who flagged for my interest the case du jour. Before... Read More

Four Doctors and a Claimant—A Study In Lymphedema At the Delaware IAB
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Thought I was done posting this week until I heard from Don Marston with a little tutorial on lymphedema. Now how could I turn that one down? So here you have it: "Here is a case that may have some appeal for your blog. Lymphedema is... Read More

Sterling Advanced Work Comp Seminar
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Wednesday October 26th, 2011 is the annual Sterling Advanced Work Comp Seminar. Also known as the Don/Gary B/Cassandra Road Show. But it is so much more-- Find out what two of our Hearing Officers believe are the ethical pitfalls of our practice... Read More

“Please Sir, I Want Some More”: Latest IAB Appeal Case in Delaware & the Inadequacy of UR Decisions
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

First, some good news. The Roberts family has expanded by one. I hope to have a picture of our newest addition in the coming days. Another rescue cat-this one a kitten named "Cruiser" after the police vehicle which took him in style to the shelter... Read More

Oh, the Pain of Inadequacy: Chiropractor Trumps Doctor in this Delaware Utilization Review Appeal
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Today's post comes to us from Walt Schmittinger, offering up the outcome of a UR appeals case tried to the Board in Milford two weeks ago. The appeal was from a UR non-cert of chiropractic care with Dr. Michael Gandolfo. Here is what Walt had to say... Read More

The War Eagle Has Landed.......and a Tutorial on Daubert In Delaware
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Well, my moment of reckoning finally arrived. We moved Sweet Caroline into Auburn University last weekend. Suddenly it all came back to me how quickly the time has passed since her Thankgiving Day birth in 1992. There were tears (all mine) and hugs all... Read More

Refried Beans – Delaware Supreme Court Agrees to Re-visit the Mexican Take-out Case on UR Appeal Deadline
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

In my post of 1/10/12 titled "A new Spin on Mexican take-out: Delaware Superior Court strikes 45 day UR appeal period as invalid", I alerted y'all to the ruling by Judge Streett on January 6, 2012, representing a consolidation of three cases... Read More