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Vol 1, Issue 49

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Medical ReportMedical Reports 
An examiner's guide and report evaluation check list
In This Issue
* FEATURED ARTICLE: Medical Report Guide
* PANEL DECISIONS: Medical reports; Utilization Review
* BLOG ROUND UP: fraud, CCCs, Guzman
* NEWS HEADLINES: National WC Conference Round Up
* JOB POSTING: Defense attorney

A Note From the Editor

Robin Kobayashi 2010
Dear WC Professionals:

Be sure to grab your free copy of Dr. Stephen Levit's article on fibromyalgia (see box below). Beginning January 2011 it will be available for a fee only on the LexisNexis services.

Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D.
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Fibromyalgia: Controversy and Confusion

Pain Reliever Pill

By Stephen Levit, M.D.

In 1990 an article written by a baker's dozen of academic rheumatologists and published in the medical journal Arthritis and Rheumatology stunned the medical world.  It described the diagnostic criteria for what was previously an essentially unrecognized clinical condition, Fibromyalgia (FM). But generated in the wake of that publication has been 20 years of controversy and confusion, hand wringing and second guessing, magnification and over-simplification and a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the validity of the diagnosis and its relationship to workers compensation claims.  And therein lays the vast majority of the confusion and controversy. > Read more. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This article is available to eNewsletter subscribers at no charge through Dec. 31, 2010. Beginning January 2011 the article will be available for a fee only on the LexisNexis services.

featured article

Corey IngberThe Examiner's Guide to a Medical Report and Report Evaluation "Check List", by Corey A. Ingber. Think about all of the new features, rules, regulations, changes and laws added to the workers' compensation mixture since the advent of our reforms. If we go back a number of years, a medical-legal report was usually no more than a few pages in length. It didn't need to come from a QME, it didn't have to be filed at the WCAB until the "last moment" and it was usually simply written with narrative descriptions of how the injury took place, followed by a basic examination and then findings, which most Claims Examiners could easily comprehend. We didn't often see fibromyalgia, CRIPS I and II, sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, sexual dysfunction, incontinence, white blood cell disease and a host of other modernistic medical inventions. > Read more.

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Medical Reports: WCAB held that LC 4628 does not require reporting physician to include a complete summary of all medical records in report, but merely requires that reporting physician, and not a clerk, review records and provide whatever summary is appropriate; here, physician complied with statute in preparing report because he reviewed all records himself and did not rely on a preliminary review by an administrative assistant. Statute of Limitations: WCAB rejected defendant's assertion that applicant's claim was time-barred, when defendant, who had burden of proof to establish affirmative defense, could not show when it last furnished medical treatment for purposes of proving that applicant's claim was filed more than one year from last furnishing of medical treatment, and presented no evidence as to whether applicant was advised of or had knowledge of her workers' comp rights. Petitions for Reconsideration: WCAB admonished defendant for filing petition for reconsideration that did not comply with 25-page limitation set forth in Rule 10845(a), when defendant did not show good cause for exceeding 25-page limitation, albeit only by two pages, and defendant filed request to exceed page limitation with Presiding WCJ rather than with WCAB as required under Rule 10845(b). See McCormick panel decision.


Utilization Review. WCAB affirmed finding that defendant was liable for medical treatment prescribed by applicant's treating physician, including oxycontin, drug screening and MRI, as such treatment was reasonable and necessary to cure and relieve from effects of applicant's injuries; applicant's failure to seek AME following UR denial before proceeding to expedited hearing did not justify denial of prescribed medical treatment because defendant did not raise non-compliance with UR process as an issue at trial but rather chose to proceed directly on merits of whether requested medical treatment was reasonable and necessary and, therefore, waived any defense based upon applicant's failure to seek AME to resolve dispute. See Dixon panel decision.

Fraud SignWorkers' Comp  Fraud Blotter 11/11/2010 - recent arrests, charges, convictions, investigations. Read it.          


Cal Comp CasesCalifornia Compensation Cases November Advanced Postings 11/14/2010Read it.

Shaw JacobsmeyerSupreme Court Denies Review in Guzman Case, by Richard Jacobsmeyer. Read it.

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