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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

Have Yourself a Merry Little Waiver: Referral of Medical Treatment for UR Concedes Causation in Delaware
Posted on 16 Dec 2015 by Cassandra Roberts

It is very fitting to feature a case involving UPS this time of year. I stumbled upon Paul Schneider v United Parcel Service , IAB#1283119 (12/1/15) and what makes this case a bit of a “re-gifting” is that it contains what most would think... 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

Flyin’ High………. And the Role of Utilization Review in a Delaware Drug Diversion Case
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Cassandra Roberts

Today’s case comes to us by way of Marshall Dennehy’s Jessica Julian. That is Jess and her family pictured here. What tickles me about this picture, pilfered from Facebook, is that these are some seriously beautiful people. And if “beauty”... 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

“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

A New Spin on Mexican Take-Out: Delaware Superior Court Strikes 45-Day Utilization Review Appeal Period as Invalid
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

A big shout-out to Nancy Chrissinger Cobb and Mike Galbraith who kept their promise to provide me with a "breaking news" update when the Superior Court ruled on the pending challenge to the 45-day UR appeal period. The decision of Judge Streett... Read More

Love without Borders: Delaware Law Eliminates Provider Certification Requirement for Out-of-state Treatment
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Cassandra Roberts

Special thanks to Tara Bustard, Andy Carmine and Walt Schmittinger for bringing to my attention that House Bill 166 was signed into law on Monday. This is the long-awaited legislative remedy to the issues acknowledged by Wyatt v. Rescare and Vanvliet... Read More

Save the Date! DSBA Work Comp Section Annual Breakfast Seminar
Posted on 28 Sep 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

It's Christmas in January, folks! The annual Work Comp Section seminar will be held this year on Wednesday January 25th at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverfront. This event, chaired by Gary Baker and Jessica Welch, has become overwhelmingly popular and... 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

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

Another Delaware UR appeal--The Jesus Syndrome: Dr. Rudin walks on water
Posted on 1 Jul 2010 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, that’s an edgy title, even for me. But you would think one would have figured out by now that the issue of surgery at the Board is sacred. And that Dr. Bruce Rudin’s arrival in Delaware approximately 15 years ago as the first certified... Read More

A New Spin on Mexican Take-Out: Delaware Superior Court Strikes 45-Day Utilization Review Appeal Period as Invalid
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

A big shout-out to Nancy Chrissinger Cobb and Mike Galbraith who kept their promise to provide me with a "breaking news" update when the Superior Court ruled on the pending challenge to the 45-day UR appeal period. The decision of Judge Streett... Read More

Utilization Review in Delaware: Yikes!! The Return of the Fine and (another) Deadline Blown?
Posted on 19 Jul 2010 by Cassandra Roberts

I am not sure I have all the details nor are they apparent from this recent "Motion Day" Order, but it is pretty clear to me from the ruling in Frederick Tulowitzki v. Property Advisory Services Corp. , IAB # 1334523 (7/1/10) (Order) that we... Read More