LowerWC.com Workers Comp Newsletter
       Sponsored By

Our sponsors are among the most respected service providers in the industry. They help us provide you with many free helpful resources.
Gould & Lamb
Managed Care
We Write What You Like!
Let Us Know!

Visit Our Home Page

Click on Link Above

Share Our Newsletter

Share so others can learn about Workers Compensation Cost Containment Solutions
Join Our Mailing List
Follow Us
The Case for a Field Case Management Nurse 

A field-based nurse case manager (FCM) is a case management nurse working in the field rather than in an office. The FCM nurse meets with the employee in their home or accompanies them to medical appointments. 


FCM nurse then discusses the claimant's condition with the physician and the employer to devise treatment plans, early return to work, and case closure. The nurse determines activities the employee can do while at home to identify potential transitional duties at the workplace; the FCM also observes return-to-work obstacles.

Fee Range: $95 to $120 per hour.


FCMs can be very helpful in obtaining the cooperation of an injured worker. FCMs often improve the claimant's compliance with medical recommendations.


Use an FCM when:

  • There are serious injuries such as amputations, head injuries, crushing injuries, multiple trauma, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, or chemical inhalation/poisoning.
  • An on-site job analysis is needed to determine return-to-work options or when a disabled worker needs home assistance.
  • An injured worker is either unable or unwilling to go to medical appointments or participate in employer weekly meetings.
  • The medical services are disorganized or inadequate as in the case of a small community or, where services are a long distance from the employee's home.
  • To follow up on wound care, especially if the employee does not have transportation to attend follow-up visits.
  • In cases failing to meet the expected recovery time or in which an employee cannot perform any type of transitional duty.
  • There is a need to assess the employee's at-home environment or psychosocial issues.
  • There is a need to assess visually appropriateness of physical therapy or rehabilitation services, or there is a need to assess ergonomic factors in the employee's physical environment.
Summer picnics, softball games, corporate retreats and golf outings all sound like fun.  When all the attendees are employees and an injury occurs, is it covered by workers' compensation?
Many employers miss a golden opportunity to control the cost of their workers' compensation claims by failing to take appropriate action to investigate the claim when it is reported.
Thousands of workers become sick every year from heat. Not all of us have the luxury of spending the hot summer months working inside an air conditioned office. Read on.
Attorney Ted Ronca explains why the new "changes in hearing points system" is significantly improved from years past. 
An article from Risk Management Magazine, Henry Seager's Social Insurance 1910 book republished online, and news from Lexis Nexis is all ahead in this week's WC news. 

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 split decision that Texas workers denied workers' compensation benefits cannot bring a bad faith lawsuit against the employer's insurance company.

The #1 selling cost containment book for workers compensation is our 2012 Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20-50% manual. This 181-page guidebook helps assess company or clients' workers comp programs, design program materials, roll out a program to the organization, and monitor and manage the program once implemented.  

New summaries for "drug testing and workers compensation state laws" for every jurisdiction are NOW posted on our website. Click on the link above to check it out.

For 20 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo has been the industry's leading training event. And this year's event is taking it to the next level - making it the best ever! November 7-9th 2012.

For the first time in almost 40 years, multiple efforts are underway to modernize the federal workers' compensation system. The 2012 event kicks off with an Opening Keynote dedicated to the future, explaining how the various reform proposals would affect the federal workers' comp landscape and giving you the tools necessary to handle the changes coming your way. November 7-9th 2012. 
REDUCE WC COST 20% to 50%
Workers Compensation Management Program
Learn more about our book on
for employers.
Article Library

22 Things Your Workers Compensation
Adjuster Should Not Do

Inside Scoop - Six Things that Annoy Claim Adjusters

Every Workers Comp Claim has a FIRST Week. . . Learn Why It Is So Important

Five Practical Ways to Reduce Medicare
Set Asides (MSA)

Lowering Workers Comp Costs for Employers

Rebecca Shafer, Attorney & Risk Consultant

Contact Us: Becki@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com

Copyright © 2012 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.