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Should California Switch to the AMA Guides Sixth Edition?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. This is a no holds barred editorial commentary. It is not intended to be neutral but it is intended to be factual. We wrote this article to draw the line in the sand in California in the event there is any effort to impose the use of the AMA Guides 6th Edition on our workers’...

Nevada: Terrible New Decision for Injured Workers on PPD Ratings

Just before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Supreme Court published a turkey of a decision that robs injured workers of disability award money. In Public Agency Compensation Trust v. Blake, 127 Nev. Adv. Op. 77 (2011), the court invalidated a long-standing DIR regulation that addressed how rating doctors are...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

NCCI has recently analyzed the impact of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition for three states that recently switched from the Fifth Edition to the Sixth Edition, finding a trend where substantial decreases in impairment ratings resulted. In Tennessee, impairment ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

NCCI has recently analyzed the impact of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition for three states that recently switched from the Fifth Edition to the Sixth Edition, finding a trend where substantial decreases in impairment ratings resulted. In Tennessee, impairment ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...

California: WCAB Clarifies It Hasn’t Endorsed Use of AMA Guides Sixth Edition

The California WCAB, on its own motion, rescinded its prior order in Frazier v. State of California [ 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 365 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 365 (Lexis Advance)] affirming the WCJ’s findings and award, and returned the matter to the WCJ for new decision...

Pennsylvania: Statute Requiring Use of AMA Guides, 6th Ed., Struck Down

In a sharply divided decision, a Pennsylvania appellate court held that the statutory provision in § 306(a.2) of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act that requires physicians to utilize “the most recent” edition of the AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment...

Latest Developments in State Handling of AMA Guidelines

Currently, 32 states require physicians to use some edition of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (“Guides”) in making their assessments of permanent impairment for injured workers. Of the remaining states, 15 more allow the use of Guides...