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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (4): 1–5, 8-11.
Published: 01 July 2005
... Schedule (PDRS), approved by the Office of Administrative Law on December 31, 2004, reflect a fundamental change in the process of determining permanent disability. California's workers’ compensation system has undergone dramatic changes as a result of the implementation this year of California Senate...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 3–6.
Published: 01 November 2020
... prior industrial disabilities. © 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2020 American Medical Association California Permanent Disability System Labor-disabling Pre-existing Disability Maximal Medical Improvement (MMI) Permanent Disability (PD) Retroactive Prophylactic Work...
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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 (2020) 25 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2020
... preliminary guidance on rating permanent impairment within the respiratory, cardiac, vascular, neurologic, renal, gastrointestinal, and/or mental systems in COVID-19 survivors. Current references on the manifestations of COVID-19 illness in these body systems are included, which can be used as references to...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 3–5.
Published: 01 July 2017
... the legal system. The calculation will have high interrater reliability if the impairment ratings 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...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
...) benefits in California's workers’ compensation system had been determined by medical–legal evaluations by physicians who assigned actual and prophylactic work restrictions based on subjective complaints and objective medical findings. These restrictions were applied to a “permanent disability rating...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (3): 10–14.
Published: 01 May 2016
... industrial and nonindustrial factors. California Labor Code Section 4663 14 as enacted by Senate Bill 899 15 on April 19, 2004, specified that: (a) Apportionment of permanent disability shall be based on causation. (b) Any physician who prepares a report addressing the issue of permanent...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (2): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... On the other, California has a unique system for compensating permanent disability and has typically been associated with worse return-to-work outcomes and higher earnings losses than other states. 26 Also, we did not consider the effects of disablement on quality of life. How well the AMA...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (2): 1–13.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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; thereby...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (2): 18–19.
Published: 01 March 2021
... is defined as “a loss, loss of use, or derangement of any body part, organ system, or organ function” (5th ed, 601). The patient had objective evidence of impairment on the MRI scan, ie, the partial tendon tear. The question is whether that impairment became permanent. He reports pain and weakness...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (5): 3–7, 16.
Published: 01 September 2019
... provinces and other jurisdictions around the world. In the United States, almost twenty states have developed some form of their own impairment rating system, but some have a narrow range and scope and advise evaluators to consult the AMA Guides for a final determination of permanent disability. An...
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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 of...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 12–16.
Published: 01 March 2018
... rated at 10% (20% - 0.5[20%]). In California, impairment and the associated permanent disability are apportioned. Assuming that ED was caused, at least in part, by the treatment for colorectal cancer, which was presumed to be work related, it would still be reasonable to apportion to other...
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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 (2011) 16 (4): 1–11.
Published: 01 July 2011
... Permanent Workplace Injuries: A Study of the California System , RAND Corp ., 1998 . 38. Tauber R , Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A Practical Guide A Practical Guide to its Use in Education , 1997 , Praeger Publishers , Westport CT 39. Strauss A. Malingery: Stealing the Truth...
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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 for...
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Guides Newsletter (1999) 4 (6): 1–13.
Published: 01 November 1999
...Mohammed I. Ranavaya, MD, MS; James B. Talmage, MD Although several states use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) when they evaluate individuals with impairments and disabilities, various disability systems exist in the United States. Disability and compensation...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2016
... different evaluation of medical conditions based on sex, except for sex-specific disorders (eg, unique male or female reproductive organs). The health care system is striving to eliminate gender and sex bias, and impairment and disability are following by attempting to eliminate bias by offering...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (1): 11–16.
Published: 01 January 2017
... a credible basis for clinical or administrative decision making . Guides Newsletter. September-October 2009 . 5. https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/workers-compensation/b/causation-aoe-coe-issues/archive/2012/08/02/california-causation-of-injury-v-causation-of-disability.aspx 6...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (2): 3–11.
Published: 01 March 2015
... similar systems. We learn almost every complex behavior in the same way. 7 From learning to talk without thinking consciously about how to form the sounds with our mouths to acquiring our fundamental beliefs, we learn by repetition. Our brains associate those things that are repeatedly presented to...