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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...

VA: Rehab Professor’s Self-Diagnosis Proves Painful in Neck and Wallet

A decision by a rehabilitation counseling professor to seek out and follow a physical therapy regime utilizing a “Thera-Band” (a resistive latex exercise band), in spite of the fact that her treating physician told her that she did not need such therapy, meant that the neck injuries she sustained...

Work Hardening Bridges Gap Between Unable & Able To Work

Injured employees who are off work for a significant amount of time are often out of physical shape and are not physically ready to return to work when they have reached their maximum medical improvement. Work hardening, which is performed by physical therapists, is designed to assist the injured employee...

WCRI Studies Show 75 Percent of Injured Workers Get Opioids, But Don’t Get Opioid Management Services

Two new studies published by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) show that on average three out of four injured workers in the United States receive opioid prescriptions for pain relief following workplace injuries and that generally, even when opioids are prescribed over an extended...

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,...

New CWCI Study Looks at Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp

A new analysis of independent medical review decisions issued in 2014 suggests that the medical dispute resolution process mandated by the workers’ compensation reform bill enacted in 2012 is working to assure that the treatment provided to California injured worker meets evidence-based medicine...

CWCI Reviews California Workers’ Comp Q1 2015 Independent Medical Review Outcomes

A new analysis of 2015 independent medical review (IMR) outcomes shows there was no significant reduction in IMR volume in the first quarter of this year, even though the independent medical reviewers continue to concur with the utilization review (UR) physician’s denial or modification of treatment...

California: Commonly Missed Regulations and Rules

Familiarity with the Labor Code and the WCAB/DWC regulations is a fundamental necessity for practicing workers’ compensation law in the State of California. Given this fact, it is surprising how many attorneys show up on the day of trial without knowing the applicable Labor Code section or regulation...