A Worker’s Guide to Workers’ Comp Part II: Making the Most of Your Injury

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This guide is intended for employees who wants to know what to do if they sustain a workplace injury or illness. This article series goes beyond the moment of injury, and gives a picture of what to expect when choosing a doctor, getting treatment, and beyond. This guide is specific to California, but many of the steps described cross state lines.

This is the second part of the series covering what a worker should do in the event that they have suffered an injury or illness in the workplace. If you have recently been injured or have fallen ill due to an event or conditions at work, and have not yet filed a workers’ compensation claim with your employer, please see part 1 of this series. If you have filed a workers’ comp claim with your employer, read on.

Now that your claim has been filed with your employer, there are still steps that you must take to ensure that you receive your benefits (and partial pay for time off work, if applicable). This the beginning of your journey through the workers’ compensation system.
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A Worker’s Guide to Workers’ Comp Part I: I Was Injured at Work!

If You Need Emergency Medical Assistance, Dial 9-1-1

 

This guide is intended for employees who wants to know what to do if they sustain a workplace injury or illness. This article series goes beyond the moment of injury, and gives a picture of what to expect when choosing a doctor, getting treatment, and beyond. This guide is specific to California, but many of the steps described cross state lines.

If your claim has already been filed and approved, and you still have questions about the workers’ comp process, check out part 2 of this series.

Workers’ compensation is a huge industry involving doctors, lawyers, employers, insurance adjusters, government employees, and more. Generally, the one who knows least about workers’ comp is the worker themselves. With a little knowledge about the workers’ comp process, the injured employee will know what to do and what to look out for if they are suddenly hurled into a claim.
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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