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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 3–6.
Published: 01 November 2020
... at heights, stair climbing, prolonged weightbearing? Is there a school record documenting a learning disability or attendance at special education classes? © 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2020 American Medical Association California Permanent Disability System Labor...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 3–5.
Published: 01 July 2017
... are done correctly based on AMA Guides criteria. In California, the impairment rating using the AMA Guides is modified by the California permanent disability rating schedule, which considers occupational factors and age adjustments in defining the permanent disability rating. The judicial system...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (2): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of permanent disability in the California workers’ compensation system is determined according to the following process. Either the workers’ treating physicians or specifically certified physicians called qualified medical examiners (QMEs) evaluate impairment. The QMEs are selected from a randomly generated...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
... disability. Physicians are required to individually analyze and address causation and apportionment of PD to industrial and nonindustrial causes. 6 For decades prior to 2004, permanent disability (PD) benefits in California's workers’ compensation system had been determined by medical–legal...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (5): 12–15.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Steven D. Feinberg, MD This article describes special aspects of addressing and defining substantial medical evidence, causation, and apportionment in the California Workers' Compensation system. Substantial medical evidence is framed in terms of reasonable medical probability, and the opinion must...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (1): 4–5.
Published: 01 January 2005
... Guides ), Fifth Edition, particularly regarding apportionment analysis for impairment; the AMA Guides does not directly evaluate disability. Under the new California law, the following are clear: apportionment of permanent disability is based on a) causation and requires both the overall percentage...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (4): 1–5, 8-11.
Published: 01 July 2005
... previously used in the State of California, both in philosophy and approach. The previous system based disability on a different set of standards, including factors that are typically not considered in the AMA Guides in rating impairment, ie subjective reports, opinions on work restrictions, and grip...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (3): 10–14.
Published: 01 May 2016
... jurisdictions, physicians should only rate impairment causally related to the subject injury or illness; for example, a physician would not assess impairment for a body part, organ system, or organ function unrelated to the injury. In California, if a physician is assessing a body part, the physician may also...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (6): 1–4, 8.
Published: 01 November 2007
... for maximizing efficiency within a workers compensation system. Therefore, Hall's modified GAF has a clear advantage over the more subjective and less reliable traditional GAF, and clinicians who need to interact with the California system can benefit that system by using the modified approach. The editor...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (2): 1–13.
Published: 01 March 2009
... is a physician assessment based on the use of a single standard, the Guides , which is based on a sophisticated consensus development process. The combined use of the California Permanent Disability Rating Schedule and the Guides should move the system toward one that promotes consistency, and hence fairness...
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Guides Newsletter (1997) 2 (5): 7.
Published: 01 September 1997
..., with the ratings differing considerably. The difference between the lowest and the highest ratings assigned to the same case averaged 43%. This study was one factor in California revising its impairment rating system. Authors of the studies in West Virginia and Iowa surveyed physicians on their permanent...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (2): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., the 4,231 ratings reviewed were performed by 1,509 physicians. The Guides was introduced to California in 2005 as a result of workers' compensation reform and enactment of California Senate Bill 899; it replaced a rating system that was based largely on subjective reports and work restrictions...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (2): 13–16.
Published: 01 March 2009
... making physical or anatomical impairment ratings to the spine. California Fifth Edition CA Code of Reg. Title 8, Ch. 4.5 Sub Ch. 1 Art. 7 Schedule for Rating Permanent Disability, an impairment-based rating system which is based on the Fifth Edition and modifies ratings based on adjustments...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 January 2011
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; James Talmage, MD; Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach, MD, JD; Patty Stevens Accurate, unbiased impairment ratings must follow the procedures and processes defined in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ). This Case Example from California in 2010...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (6): 4–6.
Published: 01 November 2003
... Labor Code §4660 Schedule for Rating Permanent Disability, an impairment-based rating system which additionally compensates for pain and loss of work capacity, is mandated by statute and incorporated into administrative law. Not anticipating use of Guides . www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/dwc_home_page.htm...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (3): 1–3.
Published: 01 May 2000
... distinguished scientific councils have prepared policy reports on this issue. The American Medical Association, 5 the California Medical Association Scientific Board, 6 the American College of Physicians, 7 the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, 8 and the American Academy of Disability...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2015
... out of and occurring in the course of employment and what approximate percentage of the permanent disability was caused by other factors both before and subsequent to the industrial injury, including prior industrial injuries Following are 5 components of California apportionment. The physician...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 January 2010
...). In that the Guides is used by many workers' compensation systems to define permanent disability awards, it is appropriate to determine whether changes in editions result in different impairment ratings and different permanent disability awards. To determine the impact of changes in editions, a study...
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Guides Newsletter (2004) 9 (4): 1–11.
Published: 01 July 2004
... on April 19, 2004. With this reform, California requires the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition, as a component in determining permanent disability and requires apportionment analysis. Section 4660 of the Labor Code was amended to read “In determining...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (2): 4–8.
Published: 01 March 2006
... used.” www.awcc.state.ar.us California Fifth SB899 Schedule for Rating Permanent Disability, an impairment-based rating system which is based on the Fifth Edition and modifies ratings based on adjustments for Future Earning Capacity, occupational demands, and age. Fifth Edition adopted...