Telemedicine Fraud Is A Growing Concern

Workers’ comp claim activity has decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic as Californians sheltered in place and many businesses curtailed operations. Telemedicine quickly became an option for injured workers needing to continue their treatment, but investigators say that while the service is useful some unscrupulous providers and cheats may be preparing to use it to … Read More »

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Telemedicine Increasing in Workers’ Comp

Stay at home orders to limit the spread of Chinese coronavirus infections have curtailed much of the on-site medical treatment that usually takes place in the workers’ comp system. One specialty provider notes that referrals are down 40%, and demand for its transportation service is down over 60%. While some workers’ comp providers see adversity … Read More »

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DWC Avoids Court Battle With Telemedicine Order

Representatives for a group of 100 plus qualified medical evaluators and a handful of QME management companies dropped plans to go to court after the Division of Workers’ Compensation issued an emergency measure authorizing telehealth services for certain med-legal evaluations. The Division is taking action in light of the state’s stay at home order to … Read More »

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QMEs, Division In Telemedicine Dispute

The group of qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) pressing the Division of Workers’ Compensation to authorize remote med-legal evaluations were less than impressed with the Department’s non-committal response to the request. The Division says it is encouraging “creative delivery methods” during the current state of emergency but is “not authorizing any particular course of action.” “It’s … Read More »

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