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LexisNexis Work Comp Law Community Experts Sound Off About Top 10 Myths of the Workers Comp Industry

Posted on 06 January 2012 by admin

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LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law Community directed by attorney Robin Kobayashi recently teamed up with Work Comp Roundup to deliver expert opinions on the 10 most critical myths and facts about workers compensation.

What Kobayashi found were 10 top representatives from varied segments of the WC industry. Questions and comments to these experts are encouraged on the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community, which provides all the contact information one would need.

The article goes into depth on the following 10 myths, in no particular order:

Myth #1: Large discount networks are the key to success in workers compensation managed care – from Kenneth F. Martino, president and CEO of Broadspire Services, Inc.

Myth #2: The employer’s role ends once the workers’ comp claim is paid from Emily Holbrook, editor, Risk Management and co-editor of Risk Management Monitor.

Myth #3: Workers compensation claims improve with age, by Mark Walls, assistant vice president of claims at Safety National.

Myth #4: Technology will cure all of our ills, from Robert Wilson, president & CEO of, LLC.

Myth #5: Because FECA is so different from state workers compensation systems, private sector case management best practices won’t work, contributed by Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and medical director of Managed Care Advisors, Inc.

Myth #6: The vast majority of all medical reports using the AMA guides are inaccurate, from Robert G. Rassp, Esq. of the Law Office of Robert G. Rassp and author of The Rassp Report and The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation (LexisNexis).

Myth #7: CMS’ aApproval of an MSA is binding from Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., general counsel at MEDVAL, LLP.

Myth #8: Doctors prescribe narcotic pain medications because of concerns they may be sued if they don’t treat pain from Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., shareholder in Downs Stanford, P.C.

Myth #9: Workers Compensation Costs Are Out of Control, discussed by Rebecca Shafer, Esq., president of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. author of and

Myth #10: The exclusive remedy defense is being eroded from Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., author of the

Remember, these are all MYTHS! The article itself goes into depth explaining why they are not FACTS. Work Comp Roundup considers it required reading for everyone in the field – it’s a great way to start the new year.

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact:





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