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New York: Continued Short-Term Med Approved in Spite of Passage of 16 Years
Posted on 14 Dec 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A New York appellate court recently affirmed the Board's decision that claimant’s continued use of Amrix—a muscle relaxant—was medically necessary in spite of the employer/carrier’s argument that the Board's Non-Acute Pain... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses... 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

Tennessee: Pain-Management Physicians Exempt From State’s “Community” Doctor Rules
Posted on 31 Dec 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court of Tennessee held that under the recently enacted pain-management provisions of Tenn. Code Ann. § 50–6–204(j) (2014), pain-management physicians whose offices are... Read More

Connecticut: Employer Need Not Pay for Palliative Medical Care
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A Connecticut court affirmed the finding of the commissioner that various medications prescribed by the plaintiff’s treating physician for a head injury that occurred some 18 years earlier were palliative rather than curative, and thus were not... Read More

WCRI Conference Focuses on Combating the Opioid Epidemic
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Deborah Kohl

By Deborah G. Kohl, Esq. The last several years have seen the “opioid epidemic” become the hot topic in the workers’ compensation industry. It is a problem that everyone from elected officials, government agencies, insurance carriers... Read More

New Hampshire: Board Erred in Finding Claimant’s Auto Accident Was Intervening Event That Would Defeat Continued Pain Management Treatment
Posted on 10 Feb 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

New Hampshire’s Compensation Appeals Board erred when it failed to award pain management benefits to an injured worker who sustained an original injury in 2013, underwent a C5–6 anterior discectomy and fusion with hardware, and continued to... Read More

Arkansas: Commission Resolves Conflicting Medical Evidence Against Employee
Posted on 27 May 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

An Arkansas appellate court affirmed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that denied an employee additional medical benefits for continued pain management where the court said the Commission considered the medical evidence... Read More

Opioids – The Grand Debate
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

An examination of ACOEM’s newly revised opioid practice guidelines for treatment of pain By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. We hate statistics but policymakers can’t live without them. For example, 100 million residents of the United States... 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

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses... Read More

RSD in DE: "Yes Sir, that's my Baby"--70 year old Specialist is touted and Ketamine treatment upheld
Posted on 23 Jul 2010 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, after all the ballyhoo this week about Utilization Review, fines, missed deadlines, and lawyers now practicing under the fear of God [well, some of us do that anyway], I am ready to write about something gentle, upbeat, uplifting, or at least non... 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

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

CWCI Research Spotlights Fentanyl Prescribing Patterns in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 28 Apr 2011 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

In a study published last month, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute found that the top 10% of doctors who prescribe extremely potent, highly addictive Schedule II opioids for injured workers in California account for nearly 80% of all... Read More