The Rassp Report

The Rassp Report

 

 

 

 

 
The Rassp Report, a law blog

 


  
Robert G. Rassp, Esq.
Author, "
Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation," 2015 © Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender & Co.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends Research Institute:
www.friendsresearch.org

Read my bio here

 

   

The Rassp Report has been selected as a LexisNexis Top Blog for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2011-2014, in the State-Specific Blogs category. "The Rassp Report is an absolute must-read for California practitioners. Attorneys in other states would be wise if they saved a hot link to the blog in their browsers." Read the 2011 announcement here. Read the 2012 anouncement here. Read the 2013 announcement here. Read the 2014 announcement here.

  

BLOGS, PODCASTS, VIDEOS

Up In Smoke: Medical Marijuana – The Latest Research and How Will It Impact Injured Workers? (2/18/16)
Rebutting the DFEC Adjustment Factor: Ogilvie Revisited: Contra Costa County v. WCAB (Dahl) (10/17/2015)
WCAB Takes Strict, Literal Approach to IMR Appeals (8/13/2015)
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits: Two Vouchers for Separate But Overlapping Injuries Is Not Double Recovery (7/24/15)
When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them? Apportionment in Ortho, Psyche and Internal Cases (7/7/2015)
CWCI Study on Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California: Smoke and Mirrors (4/26/2015)
How Physicians Can Provide the Most Accurate WPI Rating Under the AMA Guides (3/11/2015)
No Penalty for Nearly Seven-Month Delay in Providing Dental Services Approved by Utilization Review (3/1/2015)
A Post-Dubon II Game Changer? (2/9/2015)
Opioids - The Grand Debate (1/8/2015)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a Central Nervous System Disorder (11/28/2014)
Telemedicine: California's Telehealth Advancement Act and the Injured Worker (11/23/2014)
The Cannon Case: Permanent Objective Medical Diagnosis (11/5/2014)
Psychiatric Compensable Consequence as a New and Further Injury (10/14/2014)
WCAB Says MPN Treatment Requests Are Subject to UR/IMR (9/19/2014)
A Hint of Things to Come in WCAB's Re-Review of Dubon? (6/23/2014)
Independent Medical Review: A New Wave of Litigation in California (6/14/2014)
Rating Multiple Disabilities Using the Combined Values Chart (5/23/2014)
How to File an Appeal of a Final Determination of an Independent Medical Review (3/19/2014)
Are Chronic Pain Syndromes and Drug Dependency Ratable Under the AMA Guides? If So, How? (1/10/2014)
Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (11/16/2013)
The Return to Work Fund and the RAND Study: Inching Our Way to Eligibility Standards (9/20/2013)
Pain Disorders and the New DSM-5 (8/1/2013)
Independent Medical Review Which One Applies To What? (7/26/2013)
Can a Social Security Disability Award Be Admissible in a Workers’ Compensation Case? (6/16/2013)
California: The AME/PQME Quagmire on Determining Medical Necessity Post SB 863 (5/21/2013)
SB 863 and Benson (3/27/2013)
Strong Relationship Exists Between AMA Guides Impairment Ratings and Earnings Losses, But Losses Vary Significantly Across Body Regions (2/10/2013)
Adjusters Should Adjust - The Blowback From UR and IMR (1/5/2013)
Labor Code Section 139.48 - The Return to Work Fund: What We Know and What We Don't Know (11/26/2012)
SB 863 Checklist and Reference Guide (10/18/2012)
California Workers' Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Permanent Disability Provisions (8/28/2012)
AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating? (8/22/2012)
The WCMSA Conundrum in California (7/10/2012)
AMA Guides Tip: Understanding the DRE Gap (7/5/2012)
The Real McCoy: Is a "Mental-Physical" Injury Compensable? (5/10/2012)
Catching Up on Some Zs in California - Sleep Disorders (2/20/2012)
Something for Everyone: The AMA Guides and the Central Nervous System (1/25/2012)
Opiates, Up Close and Personal (1/16/2012)
How California Handles the WCMSA Process (12/29/2011)
2011 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers' Compensation Events in California (12/6/2011)
Medications We Frequently See in Workers' Comp Physician Reports (11/22/2011)
The PQME Process Runs Amok - A Tragic-Comedy (10/21/2011)
Depositions, Anyone? (8/26/2011)
The Ogilvie DCA Decision: Is Algebra Out and LeBoeuf In? (7/31/2011) (excerpt)
Should California Switch to the AMA Guides Sixth Edition? (7/11/2011)
2011 Alphabet Soup: MSA, CMS, WCMSA, MSPRC, COBC, C&R, RRE, ORM, TOPC, EIEIO - The Latest in Medicare, Social Security and Your Large C&R in California
(4/14/2011)
California: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Arbitrations and Are Afraid to Ask (2/27/2011)
In Memoriam: Caroline (Carrie) Oldham-Nevans (1957-2011)
(2/13/2011)
New 2011 Edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation (1/6/2011)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Permanent Total Disability Under Labor Code Section 4662 (12/30/2010)
2010 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Events in California (12/3/2010)
Robert Rassp and Stuart Colburn Interview on 19th Annual Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference on Executive Roundtable Session (transcript) (12/2/2010)
Robert Rassp and Stuart Colburn Interview on 19th Annual Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference on Executive Roundtable Session (video) (12/2/2010)
Robert Rassp Interviews Jennifer Jordan on The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance (transcript) (12/2/2010)
Robert Rassp Interviews Jennifer Jordan on The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance (video) (12/2/2010)
Attorneys Fees and WCMSA - How to Stir Up a Hornet’s Nest in California (11/24/2010)
Medications Every Lawyer and Judge Should Know (10/13/2010)
The Blackledge Case – The Division of Labor Between the Doctor, the Judge, the DEU Rater and You (9/13/2010)
Guzman III, The DCA Speaks (8/22/2010)
Can a Risk Factor Become Causative in California? (6/28/2010)
California Petitions to Terminate TTD vs. Labor Code Section 4656(c) (5/23/2010)
Inextricably Intertwined – Benson Revisited in California (4/20/2010)
Ogilvie Rebuttals: The “Skinny” on Shini and Others (3/24/2010)
The “Gory Story” – How a Medicare Lien Went Wrong (1/31/2010)
Does a Bankruptcy Affect Workers’ Compensation Benefits? (1/2/2010)
New 2010 Edition of The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation (12/30/2009)
The 2005 PDRS Debate in California (12/7/2009)
A Close Encounter With A Table Saw – Alternative WPI Ratings Post-Almaraz-Guzman II (10/13/2009)
Robert Rassp on Almaraz/Guzman II and Ogilvie II (podcast transcript) (9/16/2009)
The Dreaded Rule 30 (8/25/2009)
Almaraz-Guzman and Ogilvie En Banc Decisions - Are They Currently in Force Pending Reconsideration by the Calif. WCAB? (5/6/2009)
Genetic Discrimination and California Workers' Compensation (9/7/2008)
Another “Weird-Assed” Medical Condition in the AMA Guides and How to Rate It for Permanent Impairment (8/4/2008)
California's Proposed 2009 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule - Is Your Head Spinning Yet? (5/11/2008)

 

BOOKSTORE

The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation, by Robert G. Rassp 

The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, Jennifer C. Jordan, Editor-in-Chief (Contributing Writer: Robert G. Rassp) 

Rassp & Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Law, Seventh Edition, Robert G. Rassp, Editor-in-Chief