Beyond MMI: The Workers’ Comp System from a Workers’ Perspective

Some workers’ compensation claims need future care after reaching MMI (Maximum Medical Improvement). The need for future care means that the claim stays open while the injured worker gets treatment. Sometimes treatment is needed indefinitely.

The patient who we interviewed, we’ll call him David, was injured at work in 2012 and has been receiving future care since his case reached MMI in 2014. His claim involved a personal injury to his spine, which continues to affect his ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) to this day.

His claim represents a fairly common snapshot of what an injured worker experiences when their injury results in lasting impairment. It shows a larger picture of the workers’ comp machine in motion, and the ingredients that make the system so resource intensive for all stakeholders.

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RateFast Podcast: Digitization of Workers’ Compensation

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

Workers’ compensation doctors have to fill out a large amount of paperwork involving patient data and measurements. If filled out incorrectly, a claims adjuster will send the claim back for the doctor to fix. This is a waste of everybody’s time.

With digitization, doctors and adjusters alike can use computer software like RateFast to guide them through the process and set a standard so that no mistakes will make it into the finished product. This means no more wasted time and money sending paperwork back and forth to get it right.

Join Dr. Alchemy in his discussion of work comp digitization with Arun Croll and Claire Williams.
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RateFast Podcast: Understanding Attorneys in Work Comp Pt. II

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

In workers’ comp cases, a doctor will often need to give a deposition to a lawyer. This is not to question the doctor’s capabilities, but rather to get their testimony. In most cases, courts actually prefer a doctor’s deposition to a live testimony.

Sometimes there may be some tension between a doctor and an attorney when a notice of deposition is issued. It is not a cause for alarm! Workers’ comp attorney Phil Walker talks through the issue with Dr. John Alchemy, and gives some tips on how to give a successful deposition.
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How to Get Your Clinic Started in Workers’ Comp

First, we’ll start with the bigger question: Why should I get my clinic started with workers’ comp?

Revenue and reputation, that’s why.

Workers’ compensation can be profitable for your clinic, and boost your reputation. For the clinic that aspires to something greater, this is the guide for you.

But before you open your doors to doing workers’ compensation, be aware that there are several hurdles to overcome for you and your business.
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Going Green and Breaking Speed Records with RateFast

To date, the carbon footprint left by the entire field of medicine is quite large, and one could argue that it is a necessary evil. For example, you wouldn’t want a syringe that goes into your bloodstream to be made of recycled materials, or bags filled with biohazardous liquids to be made of compostable plastics.

When it comes to the environment though, we strongly believe that there’s always room for improvement.

RateFast is well adapted for a telemedicine workflow. When RateFast is used in conjunction with telemedicine, the potential for saving time, money, and the environment increases in orders of magnitudes. Continue reading Going Green and Breaking Speed Records with RateFast

athenaNet and RateFast: Logging in to RateFast from a Patient’s Chart and Importing Patients from athenaNet

This article is intended for employees at organizations who use RateFast in conjunction with athenaNet (athenahealth’s electronic health records system).

Logging in to RateFast from athenaNet

As discussed in our article on Logging in to RateFast for the First Time, you can log in to RateFast from any page in the athenaNet web application.

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athenaNet and RateFast: Logging in to RateFast for the First Time

This article is intended for employees at organizations who use RateFast in conjunction with athenaNet (athenahealth’s electronic health records system).

If your organization’s athenaNet account is integrated with your organization’s RateFast practice account, then logging in to RateFast is very simple.

When you are logging in to RateFast from athenaNet for the first time, please follow the steps below.
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Opioids and Workers’ Compensation

Millions of people in the United States are addicted to or dependent on prescription painkillers. It is important to note that not everyone dependent on painkillers have gotten there by choice. Many of these people started off with an injury, and were given a prescription of opioids or opiates from a physician for the pain.

We are in the midst of what has been called the “Opioid Epidemic” in the United States, which is a result of a web of factors. In this article, we will explore the causes of this epidemic, and how physicians in work comp have methods in place to prevent over-prescribing these powerful drugs to injured workers.

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