RateFast Podcast: Head Injuries Pt. 1 – Overview

This is episode one in our series regarding rating head injuries in workers’ compensation. Dr. John Alchemy tells us a little bit about rating this body part, and why the head in particular is so much more difficult to rate than any other body part in workers’ compensation.

This series will cover the chapters in the AMA Guides 5th ed. which discuss head injuries, and we will explore each of them in depth with their own episode on our way to a better understanding. Along the way, Dr. Alchemy will offer helpful advice about rating work comp head injuries.

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

RateFast Podcast: A Nurse Case Manager’s Guide to RateFast Express

This week we give a rundown of the ways that RateFast Express can be helpful to the workload of workers’ comp Nurse Case Managers. We discuss things such as the ways that RateFast Express speeds up claims, as well as how to sign up for and start using RateFast Express today!

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

The Art and Science of Maximal Medical Improvement by RateFast Express

This article was written by RateFast founder and CEO Dr. John Alchemy, MD, QME

In the world of occupational medicine, there is a concept known as Maximal Medical Improvement (MMI). This refers to the point at which a patient’s condition recovery has reached its peak and is unlikely to improve any further. It is an important milestone in the treatment process, as it signifies that all available medical interventions have been exhausted and the patient’s condition has stabilized. Upon reaching MMI, the primary treating doctor will need to order the RateFast PR-4 report to summarize the injury for settlement purposes.

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RateFast Podcast: Taking Rateable Histories 1 – Lower Back Pain

Today we embark on a series of the best ways for workers’ compensation healthcare providers to take rateable histories on different body parts. Our first topic is on lower back pain.

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

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

RateFast Podcast: 5 Reasons Doctors Hate Writing Work Comp Reports

We’ll tell you this, if workers comp physicians loved writing impairment reports, there would be a lot less problems in the California workers’ comp system. Maybe.

Join us as we explore the reasons that doctors say no to reports, even if it’s their legal duty to do so.

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

The Politics of Impairment Rating Pt. II

We’re back with part II of our series in which Dr. Alchemy discusses the politics of workers’ compensation.

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

RateFast Podcast: The Politics of Impairment Rating Pt. I

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

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

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for podcast episodes? Reach out to us anytime at caworkcompreport@rate-fast.com!

Connect with RateFast CEO Dr. John Alchemy on LinkedIn! 

RateFast Podcast: Work Comp Basics – Work Comp Injury, DFA, PR-2, and RFA/UR

Dr. John Alchemy gives some quick clips about the basics of California work comp terms that apply to some degree in all states. These explanations are:

The videos from which these clips are taken can be found on our YouTube channel!
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Reminder: We Have an Interactive Map of the Work Comp Rules in the United States!

Click here to go to our US Map of Workers’ Compensation!

Have you ever wondered what version of the AMA guides are used in South Dakota? How many states use a state specific ruleset for determining impairment? What is the oldest version of the AMA Guides in use?

Whether you need a question answered for your workers’ comp practice, or you’re just plain curious, we have a map for you!

The RateFast US Map of Impairment Rules

back in 2018 we put this map together to give any party in a work comp claim access to their state’s rule set, as well as some resources that will help them smooth the work comp process.

5 years later, we are still maintaining that US map, and want to make sure that you know that it’s there!

Updates

We have recently updated the map with a helpful key, in order to more clearly read the map and find your state’s ruleset.

It is also important that we make sure that the map is always up to date, so we make an effort to regularly maintain our map page.

Conclusion

Sometimes work comp providers operate in a different state than their patient’s injury. Adjusters and other parties often work across state lines. There are many situations where one might need a US map of workers’ comp state rules, and we’re happy to provide it!