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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...

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...

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,...