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MT: DLI/ERD to Meet With Stakeholders on Adoption of Utilization and Treatment Guidelines

HELENA, MT - The Montana Department of Labor & Industry - Employment Relations plans to hold a public comment meeting on April 15, 2010, to obtain feedback from stakeholders on the Department's plan to adopt the Colorado Guidelines as the primary guidelines and to use the Official Disability...

Work Loss Data Institute Warns of Fox Guarding the Hen House in State Treatment Guidelines

By John Stahl, Esq. Phil LeFevre, who is a Senior Account Executive, with the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) spent much of a recent webinar entitled “Emerging Trends in Workers’ Comp Treatment Guidelines by State: Has the Fox Been Left to Guard the Hen House” comparing the Official...

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored

The most disturbing conclusion that the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) presented in a webinar entitled “Use of Narcotics and Compliance with Guidelines” was that many workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) who were prescribed narcotics were not provided recommended...

Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The current trend across the country is to require evidence-based medicine for treatment of employees who are injured on the job. Statutory and regulatory mandates are emerging on a state-by-state basis. Stakeholders within the workers’ compensation community are not...

The Texas Blueprint for How to Lower Workers’ Comp Costs

After continued implementation of the 2005 reforms to the Texas workers’ compensation system, and legislative review of the system in 2011, 2013 was a year in which system stakeholders and other interested parties were able to step back and evaluate the current state of the Texas system and better...

Independent Medical Review: A New Wave of Litigation in California

Recent noteworthy panel decisions show that the applicant would be wise to present all relevant medical reports and records, and citations to the MTUS, ACOEM, ODG, or other nationally accepted medical standards to the IMR reviewer, and that when a material mistake of fact occurs during the IMR process...

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries

According to the Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker, “ opioid misuse is a national concern ”. As a result of this “misuse”, the Division of Workers’ Compensation recently posted proposed “ Guidelines for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work Related...

Understanding Geographic Variation in the Use of Treatment Guidelines for Occupational Injuries

Greater medical consensus could reduce geographic variability A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that there is geographic variation in the use of medical treatment guidelines that reaches beyond differences in population characteristics,...

California: WCAB Panel Takes Strict, Literal Approach to IMR Appeals

No material mistake of fact exists when IMR reviewer fails to list the actual reports and records reviewed by the IMR physician In Hacker v. County of San Bernardino-Public Health Department , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB, in a split panel opinion, held that the WCJ’s findings...