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Vol 1, Issue 34

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Ex Parte Communications
When should an attorney refuse to speak to a doctor?
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Colleen CaseyEx Parte Communications. Judge Colleen Casey examines ex parte communications with regular physicians as well as AMEs and QMEs in light of the recent Oseguera panel decision where the doctor called the attorney for missing medical records. > Read more

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Medical Provider Networks. Defendant was not liable for medical treatment self-procured by applicant when any defect in defendant's MPN notice was sufficiently cured by proof of defendant's subsequent notice in its correspondence to applicant and to her non-MPN physician; defendant's lapse of proof of its initial notices at trial did not entitle applicant to continuous self-procured medical treatment at defendant's expense. See Jakes panel decision.


Panel Qualified Medical Evaluators. WCAB rescinded WCJ's finding that report of panel QME in psychology should not be provided to ophthalmologic panel QME over applicant's objection, when psychologist's report was relevant to ophthalmologist's evaluation of applicant's eye injury; WCJ's decision was not consistent with LC 4063.2, which authorizes delivery of relevant medical and other records to panel QME, and only allows for objection to provision "non-medical" records. See Banks panel decision.

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