RateFast Podcast: The Pain About… Pain!

Dr. John Alchemy and Cory Oleson discuss the proper way for a workers’ comp physician to measure patient pain, and some of the common mistakes made in measuring pain that extends work comp claims longer than they need to be.

For more information on this episode, and other helpful tips about workers’ compensation, visit the RateFast Blog.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, or are interested in getting started with workers’ compensation, check out our product, RateFast Workers’ Compensation Software Suite, as well as RateFast Express 3 Day Impairment Rating service.

On a Scale from 1 to 10 – Measuring Subjective Pain

In workers’ compensation, it’s absolutely crucial to correctly detail the workers’ subjective residuals of their injury. This is because measuring objective factors like a limited range of motion are less tangible than concepts like pain, and aren’t always an accurate account of the extent that the injury affects the patient’s day-to-day life.
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¿Qué es un informe PR-4 o grado de discapacidad?

¿Qué es un informe PR-4 o grado de discapacidad?

La importancia de un informe PR-4 puede resultar confusa para los pacientes. Este video a continuación explica la importancia de los informes PR-4 para los trabajadores lesionados. Este video presenta el tema de los informes PR-4. Se lo he mostrado a algunos de mis pacientes antes de que se llevara a cabo el examen PR-4. Responde aproximadamente al 80% de las preguntas comunes que los pacientes tienen sobre el informe y el examen, lo que supone un ahorro de tiempo para todos.

Si es un paciente y tiene una lesión en el trabajo, este video arrojará algo de luz sobre cómo se evaluará y calificará su lesión en el trabajo.

Si es un proveedor médico o gerente de oficina en una clínica médica, no dude en usar el video para ayudar a explicar la importancia del informe de grado de discapacidad a los trabajadores lesionados que va a examinar. Envíe a sus pacientes el vínculo a esta publicación por correo electrónico, y podrán verlo en la computadora de su casa o en sus teléfonos celulares mientras están en la sala de espera.

Would You Trust a Robot-Doctor? Why or Why Not?

This article is meant as a thought experiment for our readers. Thoughts expressed herein are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect that of RateFast.

It’s big news every time that somebody dies in an accident due to a self-driving car. The year is 2020 and it’s understandable why people still have concerns about having a self-driving car of their own. Despite the trepidation of many, the fact of the matter is that car companies continue to make and advance these automated technologies, because people continue to buy them.

One way to look at self-driving cars, is to say that people are literally trusting their lives to these devices and the companies who have developed them. When you look at it that way, envisioning a robotic doctor isn’t all that different.
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Work Ethic: The Duty of the Physician in Workers’ Comp

If you know a physician who provides workers’ compensation in their clinic, known as a PTP (Primary Treating Physician), then you probably know that they are very busy people. The reason for this is because they are responsible for collecting far more data from a patient who is coming in for a workers’ comp injury, than any other routine doctor’s visit.
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Utilization Review: Phone Tag, but With Fax Machines

The leaps in technology used for medicine is staggering. In the past few years, machines like the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) show how cancer cells can be eliminated using sound waves alone. Every day, a new breakthrough has been found, or is in the process of testing.

… but it still takes doctors up to a month to speak to each other in order to get a patient the treatment that they need for their workplace injury.

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The Astronomical Costs of California Work Comp, Explained

California is a desirable place to live. Is known for its dynamic landscape, unique flora and fauna, access to the Pacific Ocean, temperate climate, etc. As long as California has been charted, media like movies and music have touted the marvels of the land. On top of all of this, the state is an economic giant for entertainment media, agriculture, and tech.

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