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Tennessee’s Certified Physicians

What’s Happening? On May 27, Tennessee’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) issued an email bulletin that, among other things, provides updated information on the BWC’s REWARD program. This includes the upcoming Certified Physician Program and associated training that will be offered to those physicians who wish to become certified. Physicians who complete the training would …
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Delays Announced to Major Changes in New York

What’s Happening? On May 24 the New York Workers’ Compensation Board released Subject Number 046-1408 that announces the postponement of several changes that were previously planned for June 7. The Board has not yet announced a new implementation date but expects that it will be sometime in the summer of 2021. There are three changes …
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Launch of The Transitions Addresses Talent Crisis

 (Preferred Medical is proud to be part of the founding of this important group) New movement to help the workers’ compensation industry address generational shift kicks off 2021 webinar series on January 21 ATLANTA, Georgia (January 19, 2021) – A free national webinar on January 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST will officially launch the year-long …
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Between Two Coasts – Episode 3

Tim Benak (QLI) and I hosted Episode 3 of our Between Two Coasts podcast on December 19. Our guests were Rafael Gonzalez of Cattie & Gonzalez and Claire Muselman of Continental Western Group. Our theme was “Having Fun in a Suit” and they both epitomize what that means. They take their jobs very seriously (and …
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An unforeseen connection can lead to a new understanding

I began work on a new project this year that has become an evolving resource for our company’s clients and of which I have become very proud. Since I have only been at Preferred Medical for a little over a year – the same amount of time that I’ve been involved in work comp – …
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The Final Ten Percent

This is a feel good story for the holidays that offers lessons for every single person. I published an article on October 15, 2020 entitled “A Woman of Integrity” (originally published on April 4, 2018) that focused on Justine Irizarry. She saw it on LinkedIn and reached out to me. Her profile showed her being …
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Between Two Coasts – Episode 2

Originally published on WorkersCompensation.com’s Experts View on December 3, 2020 Tim Benak (QLI) and I hosted Episode 2 of our Between Two Coasts podcast on November 24. Our guests were Becky Curtis of Take Courage Coaching and Dr. Geralyn Datz of Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates. They both help people, including injured workers, find the best way to manage chronic …
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Opioid Accountability !?

Drug News from Preferred Medical … Purdue Pharma, the company that manufactures OxyContin, is in the news. Again. On October 21, the Sackler family (company owners) agreed to pay $225 million to resolve their liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). On November 24, their company pled guilty to three felonies – two counts of …
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New York Formulary Flash

Drug News from Preferred Medical … The New York Workers’ Compensation Board announced on November 18 it is “temporarily suspending the January 1, 2021, date for refill compliance, and a new date (likely spring, 2021), will be announced soon.” The original May 2019 regulations set the date for refill and renewal prescription compliance with the …
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Responding to The Punch

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” That’s how Mike Tyson responded to media’s concerns about a competitor’s boxing strategy. In case you only know Mike Tyson from “The Hangover” with the tiger and playing air drums to “In the Air Tonight” (one of my favorite movie scenes), he was the …
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