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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (5): 1–11.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD This article focuses on the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) in evaluating Office of WorkersCompensation Programs (OWCP), Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) scheduled loss cases for an accepted work-related condition...
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Guides Newsletter (1999) 4 (6): 1–13.
Published: 01 November 1999
.... Under FECA, the Guides is used to assess impairment of the upper and lower extremity. FECA is federally administered by the Office of WorkersCompensation Program (OWCP) in Washington, DC. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was enacted in 1908 to provide disability benefits to employees...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2018
... 26, 1982), the Defense Base Act (1941), the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (1952), and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (1953). The compensation system is administered by the US Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Division of Longshore and Harbor...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (2): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2003
... controversies, the parties must request a formal hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is an office within the Employment Standards Division (ESA) responsible for the administration of LHWCA as well as three other Federal workers' compensation...
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Guides Newsletter (2023) 28 (4): 1–19.
Published: 01 July 2023
..., an impairment case owing to an automobile crash may be rated as a whole person impairment (WPI) using the sixth edition of the AMA Guides . In contrast, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) or Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) cases may be rated by certain body parts or organs, also using...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., the Fifth Edition in 10, and the Fourth Edition in 6; two states use the Third Edition, Revised. Sixteen states use their own state-specific guidelines, although 15 of them stipulate that the AMA Guides may be consulted. 5 The US Department of Labor, under the Office of Workers' Compensation...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 3–6.
Published: 01 November 2020
... record, as well as the information concerning the “disability” that was awarded in the underlying workers' compensation case. To maximize the effectiveness of the evaluation, the attorney's office should also educate the worker on why the evaluation is taking place and what will happen during...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 16–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... in, including state and federal workers' compensation programs, Social Security disability programs, Veterans Administration entitlement programs, the Federal Employers Liability Act, the Jones Act, and private disability programs. With this knowledge, experts may expand their services to other areas. It would...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (4): 5–12.
Published: 01 July 2003
... benefits. The latter are restricted to workers who have long-term impairments that are so severe they preclude any type of gainful compensable activity, and the impairment must be medically determinable and expected to last at least a year or result in death. Both SSDI and the Supplemental Security Income...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 18–19.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Professor, Stanford University Pain Service David Gloss, MD, Neurology, Director, Clinical Neurophysiology, Charleston Area Medical Center Robert Goldberg, DO, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Consultant, Workers' Compensation Board of the State of New York Rita Livingston, MD, Preventive...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (1): 3–8.
Published: 01 January 2018
.../owcp/dfec/regs/compliance/DFECfolio/FECA-PT2/group5.htm#20200 United States Department of Labor Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Division of Federal Employees' Compensation Accessed 11 Dec 2017 7. https://www.dol.gov/brb/References/Reference_works/lhca/lsdesk/DBSEC2.pdf Accessed 11 Dec...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (3): 6–9.
Published: 01 May 2001
... on disability issues and obstacles to independent living” www.wid.org Reference Evaluation Exchange Online guide to workers' compensation and disability resources. www.evalx.com LRP Publications Publications on disability related issues www.lrp.com/Disability/disabil.htm Michigan State...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (4): 3–14.
Published: 01 July 2019
... and tools. Further, the authors propose conceptual and practical changes that should be made: Eliminate the dualistic separation of mind and body and the scientific reductionism that follows; change the focus from disability to capability ; reduce improper workerscompensation claims; improve...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2018
..., and compensability of disability. © 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2018 American Medical Association Whether you are a health care practitioner, employer, claims professional, or attorney involved in workers' compensation, personal injury, or disability cases, disability...
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Guides Newsletter (2012) 17 (5): 8–11.
Published: 01 September 2012
...: The AMA Guides are used in evaluating Office of WorkersCompensation Programs (OWCP), Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) scheduled loss cases for an accepted work-related condition. OWCP oversees the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) which administers FECA. FECA is constrained...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (1): 3–11.
Published: 01 January 2020
... 15 to 99 years who reported only 1 injury to the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation from March 2013 to December 2015 and had no opioid prescription in the 60 days before injury. Participants were matched to their prescription history in Tennessee's prescription drug monitoring program...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (3): 8–9.
Published: 01 May 2003
... a coworker murdered), and worker's compensation accepts causation. In addition, many states have laws that presume any police officer or fire-fighter who has a MI had “job stress” that at least partially caused the infarction. Therefore, those cases are in the workers' compensation system, despite the lack...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 3–9.
Published: 01 May 2019
..., and/or unnecessary resultant disability. It happens in a small fraction of workers who are often involved in workerscompensation (WC) and disability claims, but it has large consequences when it occurs. 1 , 2 A small minority of cases result in the majority of costs. Causation is complex, and there are many...
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Guides Newsletter (2004) 9 (6): 1–19.
Published: 01 November 2004
... #13]. ( Washington D.C. : The International Labour Office , 1937 ). 32. See Cocchiarella and Andersson , supra note 3. 33. R.J. Butler , “Workers' Compensation Concepts and Economics,” in T.G. Mayer , R.J. Gatchel , and P.B. Polatin , eds., Occupational...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (2): 3–12.
Published: 01 March 2021
... COVID-19 workerscompensation claim. It also guides evaluating physicians who need to address clinical assessment, maximum medical improvement (MMI), and permanent impairment associated with COVID-19. Both treating and evaluating physicians may encounter individuals who present with persistent...