Physician Input on Current Issues in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Directors Meeting, a panel discussed current issues impacting workers’ compensation. The panel consisted of: Dr. Tedd Blatt (moderator) Dr. Craig Uejo Dr. Don Dinwoodie Dr. Minh Nguyen Dr. Kayvon Yadidi Question: What are the things physicians can do or should do to improve workers’ compensation? Physicians need to […]

Concerns About Neurodiagnostic Studies

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Director meeting, Dr. John Robinton from One-Call discussed concerns around the use of neurodiagnostic studies. This focused on the use of nerve conduction studies and EMGs. EMGs and nerve conduction studies can provide information about the site of the pathology, the causal relationship to work, and the severity […]

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Physicians’ Role in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 Harbor Health MPN Medical Director Meeting, Dr. Ted Blatt from Harbor Health discussed some of the best practices for physicians in the workers’ compensation system and how outcomes-based networks are changing workers’ compensation. Some of his best practices recommendations included: Engage the patients in thinking about their recovery, not about disability. Focus […]

It’s Time to Change Workers’ Compensation

Dave North from Sedgwick opened the Harbor Health Systems 2015 MPN Medical Directors meeting with a keynote address discussing the need for change in our approach to workers’ compensation claims handling. It is important for us to keep perspective of the scope of what we do in workers’ compensation.  Every day in California, 850 people […]

Understanding the California Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)

At the 2015 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation Conference, Denise Zoe Algire from Safeway and Dr. Lawrence Miller from Anthem Workers’ Compensation presented a session entitled California MTUS: Past, Present Future. The primary goal of adopting treatment guidelines should not be cost containment. The primary goal should be to expedite the injured worker receiving the […]

Defending Psych/Stress Claims

At the 2015 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation Annual Conference, Dr. David Hall and Marc Liebowitz from the law firm Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi presented a session titled, “Psych/Stress Claims – How Not to Go Crazy Just Because Your Employee Did.” This session addressed the interplay between medical and legal issues in California with […]

Medical Marijuana in States

An all-star cast was in place to discuss the medical marijuana trend at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. Paul Tauriello, Colorado Director of Workers’ Compensation, opened the session with an overview of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, which ended the 2014 year with sales of approximately $386 MM. He noted that getting qualified applicants for law […]

What is a Formulary and How Does a State-Adopted Formulary Work For You?

At the 2015 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation Annual Conference (CCWC), a panel discussed the pros and cons of a state-adopted pharmacy formulary. Panelists included Dr. Bernyce Peplowski and Alex Swedlow from CCWC and Brenda Wood and Karen Caterino from Healthcare Solutions. A workers’ compensation formulary is designed to be specific for industrial injuries and […]

Day 2 at SAWCA

Wednesday, July 22nd was an action-packed day at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. The day began with cyber discussions led by Bary Dalton from Federal Reserve Bank – Richmond, and Susan Gordon from Zurich NA. This session provided insight on the current cyber threats and why this has emerged so quickly in the marketplace. As […]

California Workers’ Compensation – North vs South

At the 2015 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation Annual Conference, a panel discussed the huge disparity in claims costs between northern and southern California.  The panel consisted of: Alfonso Moresi – Commissioner, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and partner in law firm Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi Richard Newman – Chief Judge for the California Department […]

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