Current Perspectives in Clinical Treatment and Management in Workers’ Compensation Cases


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Chris E. Stout, Matt Kruger , Jeff Rogers

DOI: 10.2174/97816080525161110101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-251-6, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60805-659-0

  
  


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Table of Contents

Foreword , Pp. i

Gregory F. Steil
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Preface , Pp. ii

Chris E. Stout, Matt k and Jeffrey Rogers
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List of Contributors , Pp. iii-vi (4)

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About The Authors , Pp. vii-xiii (7)

Robert Aurbach
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Key Words , Pp. xiv

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Introduction , Pp. 1-3 (3)

Chris E. Stout
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A Method and Model to Judge Evidence-Bases for Workers’ Compensation , Pp. 4-10 (7)

Chris E. Stout
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Workers’ Compensation Care is Not the Norm: Why It Is Different , Pp. 11-17 (7)

Jeff Rogers
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What’s Not Worked for 50 - 60 Years , Pp. 18-25 (8)

Matt Kruger, Jeff Rogers, Chris E. Stout and Jillian Richardson
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Ethical Challenges in Working with Workers’ Compensation Patents , Pp. 26-38 (13)

Matt Kruger, Jeff Rogers and Chris E. Stout
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Comorbidities and Workers’ Compensation: Responsive Approaches to Work Hardening and Conditioning , Pp. 39-50 (12)

Matt Kruger, Jeff Rogers, Chris E. Stout and Maureen Kohl Bennington
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Report of International Workers’ Compensation Survey , Pp. 51-119 (69)

Matt Kruger, Jeff Rogers, Chris E. Stout, Hema Burra and Jillian Richardson
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Getting Justice: The Unintended Consequences of the Dispute Resolution System , Pp. 120-144 (25)

Robert M. Aurbach
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A Respondent’s Perspective of the Workers’ Compensation System , Pp. 145-150 (6)

Martha Gely-Kruto
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Performance Based Compensation: ‘Just What The Doctor Ordered’ For Workers’ Compensation , Pp. 151-165 (15)

Gregory Krohm
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Closing the Nightmare Claim: Practical Approaches for Ending the Most Difficult Workers’ Compensation Cases , Pp. 166-173 (8)

Richard W. Lenkov
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Practical Application of Outcomes-Based Networks , Pp. 174-179 (6)

Gregory Moore
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The Ethics of Clinical Guidelines and Other Tales of Evidence-Based Practice: Points and Counter-Points , Pp. 180-185 (6)

Joseph Paduda
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The Anatomy of a Disaster Workers’ Compensation Case, How Defending a Claim Turns a Small Case into a Monster , Pp. 186-190 (5)

Kim Edward Presbrey
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Advances in Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Work Related Injuries , Pp. 191-201 (11)

Brian A. Pryor
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Persistent Problems in Clinical Practice , Pp. 202-208 (7)

Peter Rousmaniere
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How Medical Practice Patterns Vary for Low Back Conditions , Pp. 209-221 (13)

Dongchun Wang, Kathryn L. Mueller, Dean Hashimoto, Sharon Belton and Richard A. Victor
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Appendix-A (APTA Workers' Compensation State Resource Guide) , Pp. 222-232 (11)

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Appendix B (Survey Questionnaire) , Pp. 233-239 (7)

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Appendix C (Fee Schedules for Workers’ Compensation) , Pp. 240-244 (5)

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Appendix D (Workers’ Compensation Publication List) , Pp. 245-248 (4)

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Author Index , Pp. 249-251 (3)

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Subject Index , Pp. 252-255 (4)

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Foreword

It is a great feeling to see this book project come to fruition. In a way it is a natural and evolutionary progression from my perspective. That is, back in 1996, I founded the Athletic and Therapeutic Institute, or ATI, literally in my basement. Not unlike a proverbial “garage start-up”—my focus was not that of technology hardware or software development, but rather developing a unique approach to help injured workers regain their strength, their confidence and thus their jobs and their lives.

This book provides an amalgam of perspectives—not all necessarily in accord with one another either. The editors, Chris Stout, Matt Kruger and Jeff Rogers, come to work with the injured employee population from differing perspectives themselves, in fact they wanted to be “professionally ecumenical” in the opinions and point of views they present, and as a reader, I am sure you will see that they accomplished this.

As ATI has grown from my basement into a national company in five states as a provider of outpatient physical therapy and related services to injured patients and workers, we currently have over 100 clinics in Illinois, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Early on, ATI worked to distinguish itself by incorporating a comprehensive treatment philosophy in all types of care and clinical services that incorporate best practices from traditional physical therapy, exercise physiology and strength/athletic training, synthetic with relevant evidencebased findings from the scientific literature. In fact, while much of the unifying thread of this book is based on evidence-based practices, it was just that concept that our flagship and pioneering F.I.R.S.T.™, or Functional Integration of Rehabilitation and Strength Training program was born. (F.I.R.S.T.™ is a work conditioning/hardening treatment based program.) When I started F.I.R.S.T. ™ and ATI, I was driven by the necessity to develop a far more effective rehabilitative treatment option than standard rehabilitative programs. So, in developing the F.I.R.S.T. ™ model, I first sought “ecumenical” input from orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, attorneys, occupational medicine specialists, and bio-mechanists in architecting an optimal and unique return to work program. Over the past 10 years, the F.I.R.S.T. ™ program has successfully returned over 5,000 post-therapy patients back to work.

A similar perspective of identifying problems, finding solutions, and considering differing perspectives is the formula that Chris, Matt, and Jeff have used while writing their book, and I applaud them for it—for I know another similarity is that it was not an easy nor a fast project to complete. And to their credit, I believe it is a success.

Gregory F. Steil
ATI Physical Therapy
Bolingbrook, IL

USA


Preface

This book is the result of a thoughtful request by the publishers at Bentham eBooks. Had it not been for their suggestion, this project would not have been started. While the editors of this book are quite active and always interested in publishing, a book was not something that had been considered before this suggestion from Bentham.

As with all book projects, and especially with edited works, there are many important people involved. First and foremost, the editors would like to thank the publishers at Bentham for their generous invitation. In formulating the structure of this book, the editors additionally developed a new questionnaire and posted it online for interested workers’ compensation professionals to frankly and anonymously weigh-in on the various aspects involved in working with the injured employees. Had it not been for those respondents, there would be no Part Two of this book or the fascinating insights provided by their answers.

Next, the editors are thrilled to have some of the sharpest thinkers involved in the workers’ compensation arena who have generously contributed their time and talent in authoring their chapters. This powerhouse includes Robert Aurbach, JD, Martha Gely-Kruto, JD, Gregory Krohm, PhD, Richard W. Lenkov, JD, Gregory Moore, MPH, Joseph Paduda, Kim Presbrey, JD, Brian A. Pryor, PhD, Peter Rousmaniere, Dongchun Wang, Kathryn Mueller, MD, Dean Hashimoto, MD, Sharon Belton, PhD, Richard A. Victor, JD. PhD, and Maureen Kohl Bennington, MS.

In the production process there are many of the proverbial moving parts—ensuring that the proper style is used, formatting, proofing, version control, and a myriad of other details that are all equally important in making this project a success. In recognition of that support, the editors would like to thank Hema Burra, Jillian Richardson, MA, and Marissa Webb, without their help, this work would still not be finished.

Finally, the editors would like to recognize the injured worker. While there are many and often opposing perspectives involved in the workers’ compensation “industry”, it is important to keep in mind and recognize that the person in need is the one who is ultimately the focus of our concern, our trust and our responsibility.

Chris E. Stout
Matt Kruger

Jeffrey Rogers
ATI Physical Therapy and College of Medicine
University of Illinois-Chicago

List of Contributors

Editor(s):
Chris E. Stout
ATI Physical Therapy
USA


Matt Kruger
ATI Physical Therapy
USA


Jeff Rogers
ATI Physical Therapy
USA




Contributor(s):
Robert M. Aurbach
Uncommon Approach, Inc
819 Suzanne Lane SE
Albuquerque, 87123



Sharon Belton
Workers Compensation Research Institute
955 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge
MA, 02139



Maureen Kohl Bennington
8138 E. Sprucewood Avenue
Orange
CA, 92869



Hema Burra
ATI Physical Therapy
790 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook
IL, 60440



Martha Gely-Kruto
MGK Law
7343 W. Howard St.
Chicago
IL, 60631



Dean Hashimmoto
Partners Occupational Health Services
101 Merrimac St., 4th floor
Boston
MA , 02114



Gregory Krohm
International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions
5610 Medical Circle, Suite 24
Madison
WI, 53719



Matt Kruger
ATI Physical Therapy
790 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook
IL , 60440



Richard Lenkov
Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
200 North LaSalle Street,Suite 2700
Chicago
Illinois, 60601



Gregory Moore
Harbor Health Systems, LLC
One Venture, Ste 130
Irvine
CA, 92618



Kathryn L. Mueller
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Public Health, University of Colorado at Denver
7742 S. Glencoe Ct.
Centennial
CO, 80122



Joseph Paduda
Health Strategy Associates, LLC
292 Neck Road
Madison
CT, 06443



Kim Edward Presbrey
Presbrey & Assoc PC
821 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora
IL, 60506



Brian A. Pryor
LiteCure, LLC
250 Corporate Blvd. Suite B
Newark
Delaware , 19702



Jillian Richardson
Adler School of Professional Psychology
17 North Dearborn
Chicago
IL , 60602



Jeff Rogers
ATI Physical Therapy
790 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook
IL , 60440



Peter Rousmaniere
Consultant, entrepreneur and journalist
29 Church Hill Rd.
Woodstock
VT, 05091



Greg Steil
ATI Physical Therapy
790 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook
IL , 60440



Chris E. Stout
ATI Physical Therapy and College of Medicine
University of Illinois-Chicago 790 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook
IL , 60440



Richard Victor
Workers Compensation Research Institute
955 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge
MA, 02139



Dongchun Wang
Workers Compensation Research Institute
955 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge
MA , 02139



Marissa Webb
Adler School of Professional Psychology
17 North Dearborn
Chicago
IL, 60602





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