Category: Work Injuries

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Sciatica Causes Olivia Newton-John To Postpone Performances

Chiropractor, Dr. Alexander Jimenez looks at how sciatica can affect what you do and where you go.

Popular songstress hears her “Body Talk” and finds “Let’s Get Physical” challenging due to low back and leg pain.

In the event you suffer from sciatica, you may have to take time off work due to debilitating leg pain and low back. That’s just what occurred to Olivia Newton-John, who postponed her May 2017 performances because of sciatica flare up.

A statement posted on the star’s official Facebook page said, “We are so sorry to announce the Olivia concerts scheduled for May will be postponed due to a issue that is negative with Olivia’s sciatica.”

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Chiropractic Patients Recover Faster & Spend Less

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez examines patients that go through chiropractic vs. traditional medical care.

Because back pain is such a common problem, a group of Canadian researchers recently investigated the role that the type of primary caregiver has on financial compensation.

This was a large study of 5,511 patients who experienced a work-related back injury in Ontario, Canada.

Patients Saw The Following Providers For Their First Visit:

  • 85.3% saw a medical doctor
  • 11.4% saw a chiropractor
  • 3.2% saw a physical therapist

 

 

A Comparison Of The Duration Of Financial Compensation For Back Pain A

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Chiropractic Care Could Reduce Workers Compensation Costs

N.L. chiropractors’ association says workers also get back on the job faster

CBC News

The Newfoundland & Labrador Chiropractic Association

Seeing A Chiropractor First After A Workplace Injury Gets Workers Back On The Job Faster

Dr. Darrell Wade, CEO of the association, said the September 2016 study analyzed data from more than 5,500 injured workers in Ontario.

“What it found was that the initial provider of care for back pain was a very strong determinant of the duration of financial compensation for at least the first five months of the claim,” he told CBC Radio’s On the Go.

The study, published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, found that workers who saw a chiropractor first, ra

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Health Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Houston health clinic pled guilty to insurance fraud after billing for medical services – often provided to injured employees – despite having no licensed medical staff at the clinic. Instead, investigators found that the clinic was using foreign medical students to provide care.

Rosemary Phelan, the owner of Rose’s Houston Healthcare Clinic, entered a guilty plea in Harris County Court and was sentenced to seven years deferred adjudication and ordered to pay $88,000 in restitution.

A joint investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation and Texas Mutual Insurance Company revealed that Phelan’s clinic had no licensed medical providers on staff yet continued to accept patients. She would then file fraudulent workers’ compensation claims to collect from insurers.

According to investigators, the clinic had a licensed doctor on staff at one time. When that doctor left in 2012, Phelan began hiring foreign medical stude

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Workers’ Compensation Establishes Division for Fraud Efforts

Since its establishment five months ago, the new in-house fraud unit at the Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional fraud investigators to extend its reach.

“It’s a huge benefit to have a fraud unit that is 100 percent dedicated to workers’ compensation,” said Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan. “In-house investigators are more exposed to workers’ compensation issues, so they are aware of the latest schemes.”

Teresa Carney, DWC’s Director of System Monitoring and Oversight, said that in an effort to coordinate anti-fraud efforts, the unit reaches out to insurance carriers, district attorneys, fraud prevention groups, and DWC employees.

“We can’t do it alone,” she said. “Workers’ compensation fraud impacts all Texans, and we want to work with people who want to help stop workers’ compensation fraud. Many complaints come from injured employees or insurance carriers, but we can a

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Texas Has the Lowest Workers’ Comp Rates

Texas has some of the nation’s most affordable workers’ compensation coverage, according to a 2016 study, which found that the Lone Star State had the 10th lowest rates among all states.

The study by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on premium rates that were in effect January 1, 2016. Texas, with premiums at $1.45 per $100 of payroll, ranked No. 10, four spots higher than the previous study in 2014.

“It’s great to see evidence of the progress we’ve made in affordability,” said Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan. “Lower injury rates, better return-to-work outcomes for injured employees, and reduced medical costs per claim are a big factor, but the results of the Oregon study are also proof that we’re becoming more efficient, proactive, and transparent.”

Texas Workers’ Compensation Rates

Texas’ workers’ compensation premium rates are about 21 percent lowe

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Workers’ Compensation: Better Access to Health Care for Workers

Injured workers in Texas have better access to physicians who can treat them more quickly than they did 15 years ago, according to a September 2016 study by the Texas Department of Insurance’s Research and Evaluation Group (REG). The study found 84 percent of injured workers received initial care in seven days or less in 2015, compared to 76 percent in 2000.

“That’s significant because improved timeliness means workers have a much better chance of getting back to work, and the cost for their care will be much lower,” said Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan.

Effective Workers’ Compensation System

The study measures the effectiveness of the workers’ compensation system to deliver timely and appropriate medical care to injured employees. It found that injured workers who aren’t treated within seven days have an average of about 40 percent more in medical costs over the first six months of an injury. In 2015, about half of injured workers saw a phys

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Program Focuses on Solving Workers’ Comp Issues

After a successful pilot project, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation rolled out a statewide program in October 2016 that has helped speed up the resolution of some disputes.

The program splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary issues to be resolved sooner. In the pilot program, the approach helped speed resolution of many workers’ compensation disputes.

“We’re always looking for ways to stay on the cutting edge of workers’ compensation, and this process is a great example of finding a way to improve efficiency in the system,” said Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan. “From what we’ve seen in the pilot project and in the statewide roll-out, the two-step approach to deciding some of the most complex issues in a dispute is a good option for system participants in many cases.”

Two-Step Program Introduced for Workers’ Comp

When an injur

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Workers’ Compensation: Hosting an Annual Texas Safety Summit

Texas employers are invited to join the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Austin for the Texas Safety Summit on May 9-11. The 21st annual workplace safety and health conference offers important information for everyone who plays a role in safeguarding employees, from the beginner to the seasoned safety professional.

Employers will hear from top safety experts about some of the most critical safety and health issues facing Texas businesses. Attendees will learn practical tools and techniques to use in their workplaces to better protect their employees.

“The Safety Summit is a proactive way for us to help Texas businesses,” says Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan. “Not only does it help foster a positive safety culture for your company and its employees, it ultimately helps reduce costs associated with on-the-job injuries and illnesses.”

What to Expect

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The Safety of Chiropractic Care – by Dr. Alex Jimenez

“Doctor, are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?”

This is one of the most common questions asked by people seeking or considering chiropractic care along with:

“What are the risks?”

“Can I receive spinal adjustments without the chiropractor adjusting my neck?”

“Do chiropractic adjustments cause arthritis or even strokes?”

With media scrutiny over natural health procedures, specifically chiropractic and cervical adjustments, these are very important and serious questions, especially when one’s health is a priority. As a practicing chiropractor, I welcome the opportunity to address these questions. Chiropractic care is profoundly safe, and this article summarizes the current research, providing answers to these common questions and misconceptions.

Myths vs. Facts

In 1990, when I started working in the chiropractic profession, a common concern that patients had about chiropractic care was that