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The Proverbs 31 Post....and a Little Utilization Review Round-Up in Delaware

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26. Today's post is a little self-therapy. I always strive to be the quintessential Proverbs 31 woman, and while I invariably fall short, at least on occasion I am a wanna-be. Today, however, I am sad...

Hatchet Job: Delaware IAB Orders Separation of Bills for Compensable Body Part

Today's post is offered up by attorney Chris Logullo of Chrissinger & Baumberger. A recent Motion Day Hearing on the issue of what happens when the carrier requests that the doctor delineate his medical charges to parcel out the compensable treatment for an arguably unrelated body part and the...

Save the Date! DSBA Work Comp Section Annual Breakfast Seminar

It's Christmas in January, folks! The annual Work Comp Section seminar will be held this year on Wednesday January 25th at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverfront. This event, chaired by Gary Baker and Jessica Welch, has become overwhelmingly popular and is designed to cover the current "hot topics"...

A Momentary Lapse? Period Of Lapsed Provider Certification In Delaware Not Sufficient To Disqualify Medical Bills

A big shout-out to both Dr. Doug Briggs who brought this case to my attention, and to Donna Forrest at the DOL who brought the case to his attention. Today's case is a very narrow issue and it is just quirky enough to be worth knowing. The answers to questions like this is what separates the men...

A Momentary Lapse? Period Of Lapsed Provider Certification In Delaware Not Sufficient To Disqualify Medical Bills

A big shout-out to both Dr. Doug Briggs who brought this case to my attention, and to Donna Forrest at the DOL who brought the case to his attention. Today's case is a very narrow issue and it is just quirky enough to be worth knowing. The answers to questions like this is what separates the men...

I’ll Take Mine With Icing: A New Spin on Daubert in Delaware

My Daddy, who I lost the week before I started law school, always used to say "Jack of all trades, master of none." Maybe that's why my practice has been limited to work comp and that alone these last 30 plus years. Today's post is interesting in that it seems to be yet another...

I’ll Take Mine With Icing: A New Spin on Daubert in Delaware

My Daddy, who I lost the week before I started law school, always used to say "Jack of all trades, master of none." Maybe that's why my practice has been limited to work comp and that alone these last 30 plus years. Today's post is interesting in that it seems to be yet another...

The Bid Day Post….And a Moment of Wonderment as the Delaware IAB Rules That UR - Certified Treatment Is Unreasonable/ Unnecessary

Today is auspicious for two reasons. First it is "Bid Day" at Auburn University. Picture above is my Sweet Caroline (in the white eyelet dress) offering a "bid" to her little sister. And another great Gamma Phi Beta tradition continues....... Talking about traditions, one was...

The Bid Day Post….And a Moment of Wonderment as the Delaware IAB Rules That UR - Certified Treatment Is Unreasonable/ Unnecessary

Today is auspicious for two reasons. First it is "Bid Day" at Auburn University. Picture above is my Sweet Caroline (in the white eyelet dress) offering a "bid" to her little sister. And another great Gamma Phi Beta tradition continues....... Talking about traditions, one was...

Walks on Water? A Parable About Surgery From the Delaware IAB

Okay, so the ridiculously cute kids pictured above are Daniel and Juliette Kimmel, Larry's kids. This case has nothing to do with Larry.....the kids are just THAT cute that they deserve to be enjoyed by everyone, and the beach pics are an apt salute to the official end of summer...... After my last...

Walks on Water? A Parable About Surgery From the Delaware IAB

Okay, so the ridiculously cute kids pictured above are Daniel and Juliette Kimmel, Larry's kids. This case has nothing to do with Larry.....the kids are just THAT cute that they deserve to be enjoyed by everyone, and the beach pics are an apt salute to the official end of summer...... After my last...

Put the Knife Back in the Butcher Block, Please – Another Ditty About Surgery at the Delaware IAB

As Susan Hauske might say, defense lawyers we are on a roll. Susan was prompted to share the ruling du jour in light of my recent (9/6/12) post titled Walks on Water? , a discussion of a recent ruling in which surgery was denied, a rare occurrence here in the First State. So says Susan: "Cassandra...

Put the Knife Back in the Butcher Block, Please – Another Ditty About Surgery at the Delaware IAB

As Susan Hauske might say, defense lawyers we are on a roll. Susan was prompted to share the ruling du jour in light of my recent (9/6/12) post titled Walks on Water? , a discussion of a recent ruling in which surgery was denied, a rare occurrence here in the First State. So says Susan: "Cassandra...

Twice Blessed……and Two Spinal Cord Stimulator Cases From the First State

Above is a picture of Keri Morris' twins Madison Rose and Landon. They were recently in a wedding and don't they look cute enough to be the cake topper? Every time I look at this pic, it tickles me how the little guy has a cheese cracker in his hand.......someone ought to tap him for a Cheez...

Twice Blessed……and Two Spinal Cord Stimulator Cases From the First State

Above is a picture of Keri Morris' twins Madison Rose and Landon. They were recently in a wedding and don't they look cute enough to be the cake topper? Every time I look at this pic, it tickles me how the little guy has a cheese cracker in his hand.......someone ought to tap him for a Cheez...

Four Doctors and a Claimant—A Study In Lymphedema At the Delaware IAB

Thought I was done posting this week until I heard from Don Marston with a little tutorial on lymphedema. Now how could I turn that one down? So here you have it: "Here is a case that may have some appeal for your blog. Lymphedema is not a common issue, at least in my practice. ...

Four Doctors and a Claimant—A Study In Lymphedema At the Delaware IAB

Thought I was done posting this week until I heard from Don Marston with a little tutorial on lymphedema. Now how could I turn that one down? So here you have it: "Here is a case that may have some appeal for your blog. Lymphedema is not a common issue, at least in my practice. John...

Serial Killer: Delaware IAB Addresses the Issue of Treatment Post-UR Non-Cert…and How Long Does a UR Non-Cert “Stick”?

I discovered for the first time since the inception of The Detour & Frolic, that there are times I just don't feel blog-motivated...today being one of them. I want to share, I want to banter, but my shoulder hurts and I am cranky form having the spent a 3-day weekend doing something that is not...

Serial Killer: Delaware IAB Addresses the Issue of Treatment Post-UR Non-Cert…and How Long Does a UR Non-Cert “Stick”?

I discovered for the first time since the inception of The Detour & Frolic, that there are times I just don't feel blog-motivated...today being one of them. I want to share, I want to banter, but my shoulder hurts and I am cranky form having the spent a 3-day weekend doing something that is not...

Everybody Loves Raymond…….. and Delaware Superior Court Ruling Allows IAB to Bypass Utilization Review

Okay, this one is a big deal, folks, a procedural lollapalooza, with props to both Mike Galbraith and Dennis Menton who heralded the Superior Court appellate decision as it was released by the Court. Allow me to simply introduce Mike's comments and Dennis' summary, since they have the superior...

Everybody Loves Raymond…….. and Delaware Superior Court Ruling Allows IAB to Bypass Utilization Review

Okay, this one is a big deal, folks, a procedural lollapalooza, with props to both Mike Galbraith and Dennis Menton who heralded the Superior Court appellate decision as it was released by the Court. Allow me to simply introduce Mike's comments and Dennis' summary, since they have the superior...