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Peer Review: Why You Are Losing Care

TASA ID: 2379

 I have been performing peer and utilization reviews for a multitude of carriers for many years now, and I can tell you that, first off, it is not personal.  It is policy.  Insurance companies need some way to “manage care,” and utilization reviews are a part of that management.  They need to know if a bill is their responsibility or not.  Is the treatment for an acute spell of care?  An exacerbation?  Is it effective, or just going on and on with no end in sight?  Are there other, more effective means of treating the presenting condition?  

Civil Litigation of Damages Caused by Use of Synthetic Marijuana

TASA ID: 501

Attorneys who represent families that have had a member die or been seriously harmed by synthetic marijuana, or have clients who have been harmed in vehicular accidents caused by this drug, or otherwise harmed by a user under the influence, should consider whether litigation is appropriate and viable to secure compensation for the victims.

What The Attorney & Their Clients Need To Know About Scars

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TASA ID: 11869

Scars are a source of distress and anguish.  Studies show that employment prospects may be lowered, as some potential employers may be disturbed by the appearance of scars. Dr. Fritz Gibson, a British Plastic Surgeon, wrote, “by your scars, you’ll be judged.”

It is always important to have a psychiatrist see a patient who exhibits symptoms of anxiety and/or depression from a scarring event.  Psychiatrists are often able to help a patient deal with the permanency of scarring and the cosmetic and functional results. They can also add depth to a plastic surgeon’s evaluation of a patient’s anatomic or functional abnormality or disability.     

Differentiating between Orthotics and Prosthetics

TASA ID: 4488

Prosthetics (and the practice of Prosthetics) involves the treatment of the person suffering from limb loss. Prosthetic devices involve complicated designs, componentry and treatment criteria. Depending on the limb involved in amputation, the level of the limb loss (relative to the distance from the body) upper extremity; above the elbow, below the elbow or at the wrist. Lower limb; above the knee, at the knee, below the knee, at the ankle or part of the foot.

Crucial Questions to Ask A Prospective Medical Malpractice Client

TASA ID: 1790

You meet a prospective client who wants to sue a health care provider because of the care he or a loved one has been given. What information do you need? Medical malpractice has one of the lowest success rates for plaintiffs at trial (37%, Federal Judicial Center, integrated database, fiscal years 2002 -- 2003). How can you maximize your chances? This is determined mostly at the outset. Case selection is paramount.
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