The Cost of Shivered Timbers: Pirates and Workers’ Compensation

Sometimes you hear a fact that’s surprising, even though it makes complete sense. The pirates of history having workers’ comp, for example.

At first it seems a bit backwards. Pirates with their reputation of being famously nationless, prone to mutiny and marooning crew members, not to mention being generally reckless.

But examining each of these points actually stands to justify workers’ compensation on the seven seas.
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RateFast Podcast: The Gates of Hell Pt. II – Raising Inferno

Part II of our trip to hell and back!

Historian of Italian art and owner of Tuscan Tour Guide,  Paul Costa, brings us into the life and times of Dante Alighieri, his influence and how he saw the world around him.

But why Dante? What does this have to do with workers’ compensation? We will arrive at the answer at the end of our series. To get there, we must go through Inferno itself. See you in hell.

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RateFast Podcast: 8 Crucial Points for Great Work Comp

They say that about 80% of the job only requires 20% of the work. Matter of fact, doing the job right will help eliminate a lot of the work where bad habits are developed. That’s why in this episode, Dr. John Alchemy schools Cory Oleson on the 8 crucial points for great work comp.

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Highlight, Bold, Underscore: 8 Work Comp Points that Make All the Difference

We’ve spoken at length about the pure lack of educational material for doctors writing impairment ratings in California workers’ compensation.  

Workers’ comp professionals who are learning the work comp rules by themselves have to determine for themselves what is and what aren’t crucial points in the work comp process. While we can definitely make the argument that everything is a crucial point in workers’ compensation, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do so.  

They say that 20% of the work often covers 80% of the job, so we’ve put together this list of the 8 crucial points to remember throughout the course of your workers’ comp claim. 
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RateFast Podcast – The Gates of Hell Pt. I – Dante’s Florence

This is a special series, and a bit of a change from our usual workers’ compensation programming.

Historian of Italian art and owner of Tuscan Tour GuidePaul Costa, takes us on a trip to the dark ages, to get a glimpse of what life was like in late 13th century Florence and surrounding cities.

Paul illustrates the factors that imposed upon the daily life of the common people during this time. We examine the conditions that set the stage in the mind of one Dante Alighieri, who would go on to create one of the most significant literary works in history: Inferno.

But why Dante? What does this have to do with workers’ compensation? We will arrive at the answer at the end of our series. To get there, we must go through Inferno itself. See you in hell.

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Medical Sham Peer Review: A Guide to Identifying and Stopping this Predatory and Illegal Behavior

 Every human institution has the potential for corruption, this includes the medical field.  

Corruption usually happens when there’s an element introduced to the system that allows for bad actors to exploit power, namely, the ability to operate under “confidentiality” without accountability or the option for an appeal. A particularly excellent example of this situation in the medical field is something known as “Sham Peer Review”.    

This blog article will discuss sham peer review, its causes, its far reaching consequences, and what to do if you’re a medical professional who feels as though this is happening to you.   

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RateFast Podcast: Sham Peer Review – Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 Ministry of Health

In this episode, Dr. John Alchemy discusses with returning guest Phil Walker the nefarious malpractice known as sham peer review, and how the petty grudges of medical professionals with too much power can result in far reaching consequences for innocent patients.

Also discussed is what to do if you think you’re a medical professional who is a victim of sham peer review.

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Measuring the intangible: Apportionment

There’s a part of the workers’ compensation impairment report that is oft-ignored. The issue is apportionment, which means what part of the residual functional loss of the injury is industrial vs. other things. It’s confusing and hard to understand, and often left out of reports for this reason. As a result, many physicians don’t address it, or if they do it is incorrect and this delays claims.

We are of course referring to apportionment. The AMA Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment can be used to understand how multiple conditions are scored and weighted to make apportionment more relevant and objective for the stakeholders.
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RateFast Podcast: Radiculopathy Revisited

Is it radical? Is it ridiculous? It’s radiculopathy! One of our favorite words here in workers’ compensation, if nothing else, because it’s just fun to say. Dr. John Alchemy and Cory Oleson are discussing the ‘root’ of radiculopathy pain and some of the truths and not-so-truths about radiculopathy!

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!