My practice is highly focused on worker’s compensation. Most important is my experience. For more than a decade I have provided trusted second opinion and independent medical exams. I have been an invited speaker for many groups focused on worker’s compensation. I have lectured and written for the Arizona Workers Compensation Claims Association (AWCCA), Arizona Self Insured Association (ASIA), and Rehabilitative Insurance Nurses Group of Arizona (RING). Insurance carriers, TPA’s, and nurse case manager groups, have all asked me to help educate their members. My goal in treatment of worker’s compensation injuries is to meet the expectations of the patient, the employer, and the insurance carrier.
First and foremost is always the practice of good medicine. It is through accurate diagnosis and appropriate early treatment that healing begins. As nurses, employers, and insurance carriers know good medicine is necessary but not enough. The doctor must communicate effectively with the patient making sure they understand that the goal is to return them to gainful employment. The ultimate expectation is always return to regular duty. Along the path of recovery patients will have their capability assessed at each visit and appropriate light duty prescription provided. The employer, nurse case managers, and insurance carriers will get work status the same day. Detailed office notes reviewing progress, treatment plan, expected goals for return to regular duty, will be provided immediatly after. As best as can be estimated anticipated date of maximum medical improvement and extent of any anticipated impairment are outlined.
Successful worker’s compensation case conclusion requires the treating physician have an intimate understanding of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Permanent Impairment ratings will always be provided and issues regarding work status and details of any supportive care will be outlined. My dedicated staff and I look forward to helping you return your injured workers to their preinjury health while limiting your medical and indemnity costs.