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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
...Phil Walker, JD In April 2004, California implemented workerscompensation reforms to reduce workerscompensation premiums for California employers while speeding medical treatment for injured workers. The new law requires the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (2): 1–13.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; W. Frederick Uehlein, JD The Sate of California WorkersCompensation Appeals Board (WCAB) in a February 3, 2009, decision in the consolidated cases of Almaraz vs SCIF et al. and Guzman vs Milpitas Unified School District (Almaraz/Guzman) concluded that the AMA Guides...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 January 2011
... of doubt with a rating of “nonverifiable radicular (nerve root) pain” but did not address the patient's ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). The State of California WorkersCompensation Appeals Board (WCAB) affirmed on August 20, 2010, that the State relies on the AMA Guides...
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Guides Newsletter (2004) 9 (4): 1–11.
Published: 01 July 2004
.... Evaluators should consider the effect of using the Combined Values Chart on the final assessment and must carefully distinguish factors that are combined vs those that are added or subtracted. A sidebar discusses important changes to the State of California's WorkersCompensation. © 2004 American Medical...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (2): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of schedules based on the AMA Guides and to case law modifying the application of the AMA Guides. 14 This study, which was funded by the California Commission on Health and Safety and WorkersCompensation (CHSWC), was intended to address these long-standing concerns. We analyzed the association between...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 3–6.
Published: 01 November 2020
... in the state. Over the past few years, there has been a marked increase in SIBTF costs in California. The assessments in California increased from $14 million in 2015 to $140 million in 2019. Unlike the workers' compensation system, in which claims administration is performed by an insurance company...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 6–11, 16.
Published: 01 July 2017
.... The opinions expressed in this article are the authors’ and do not reflect the views of the American Medical Association or the AMA Guides Newsletter Advisory Board. For decades prior to 2004, permanent disability (PD) benefits in California's workerscompensation system had been determined...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (4): 8.
Published: 01 July 2021
... attorneys may refer to certain treating physicians. In some venues, the physician may be utilized by both sides jointly; in the California workers' compensation system, this is referred to as the agreed medical examiner. When the physician provides treatment, the doctor-patient relationship is one...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (4): 1–5, 8-11.
Published: 01 July 2005
... in using the AMA Guides . © 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2005 American Medical Association California's workerscompensation system has undergone dramatic changes as a result of the implementation this year of California Senate Bill No. 899 (SB 899) 4 . One...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (4): 3–5.
Published: 01 July 2017
... to the compromised assessment of impairment and disability? California's workerscompensation system should be redesigned to encourage stakeholder behavior that facilitates restoration of function for injured workers rather than contribute to chronic pain and disability. If someone is injured, the goal should...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (2): 13–16.
Published: 01 March 2009
... as by the majority of state workerscompensation jurisdictions. Two tables summarize the edition of the AMA Guides used and provide information by state. The fifth edition (2000) is the most commonly used edition: California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (2): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2010
... 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. The impairment rating values obtained with the Fifth Edition are significantly less than those calculated by the previous system...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (3): 7–9.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Workers' Compensation Act MMI STATE TERM USED Alabama MMI Alaska Medical stability Arizona Medically stationary Arkansas MMI California Permanent and stationary or MMI Colorado MMI Connecticut MMI Delaware Not applicable District of Columbia MMI Florida MMI...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (3): 1–5, 9-11.
Published: 01 May 2006
... and included workerscompensation, Longshore and Harbor Workers Act, automobile casualty, and personal injury cases. Cases from 44 different states were reviewed; 45% of the cases were from California (the Guides was adopted for use in workerscompensation cases in 2005 as a result of workerscompensation...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (6): 5–8.
Published: 01 November 2007
... influence the self-assessment of function . In Workers' Compensation Symposium 2002 . San Francisco, CA , California Workers' Compensation Commission 51 – 55 , 2002 . 20. Gelberman RH , Hergenroeder PT , Hargens AR , Lundborg G , Akeson WH . The carpal tunnel syndrome...
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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (5): 3–12.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of three states: Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania. Under Arizona workers' compensation law, a finding of compensability requires proof of both legal and medical causation. Medical causation is established by showing that an accident caused an injury and legal causation exists when...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (5): 7–7, 11.
Published: 01 September 2005
... jurisdictions compensate to some measure for expected wage loss, the loss of employment options, extra expenses from accommodating the disability, or perhaps an implicit award for psychological loss and pain. Some jurisdictions, such as in California, will adjust a permanent impairment rating by a Future...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 12–16.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD, MMS; James B. Talmage, MD; Stephen L. Demeter, MD, MPH Under California Labor Code Section 3212.1, firefighters, forestry and fire protection workers, peace officers, and first responders receive a potentially rebuttable presumption of compensability for certain...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (6): 4–6.
Published: 01 November 2003
... not use the AMA Guides and instead rely on state specific guidelines, and these include California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. Other states may use their own guidelines for specific issues and use the AMA Guides for other issues (eg, state of Washington...