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Work Comp Medical Provider Network (MPN) Contracts The new Comp laws that went into effect 1/1/05 allow employers and Comp insurers to create MPNs that employees injured after that date must use to receive medical care. Employers and insurers don’t have to create these MPNs and if they don’t, then the injured worker can choose […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—FEBRUARY 2005

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1. CANS to employ lobbyist 2. Annual Meeting Topics Pertinent 3. AMA Guide for Work Comp disability now the law 1. CANS Board votes to employ lobbyist Departing from its long held opinion that California Neurosurgery will be adequately served by feeding our input to the CMA and/or other specialty groups, the Board voted to […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—MARCH 2005

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1. CANS on the brink 2. Surgical fees legislation 3. Medical malpractice offence 4. Work Comp impairment guide 1. Dues, CANS lobbyist and Survival The Ides of March came and went and appeared to bode about as well for the future of CANS as they did for Julius Caesar. As of this writing, fewer than […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—APRIL 2005

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1. CANS Board Meeting a zinger 2. Legislation of note 3. CMA House of Delegates actions 4. Agenda for Board Meeting 5. Nobody’s perfect 1. CANS Board Meeting The CANS Board meeting on April 30th at 9 AM at the LAX Sheraton Gateway should be the most pivotal one for our organization to be held […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—May 2005

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1. CANS Board takes pivotal actions 2. EMTALA wars 3. Lobbyist interview 1. CANS Board meeting notes At the CANS Board meeting on April 30th the decision was made to continue to exist. The Board interpreted the 131 members who by that time (it’s up to 146 now) had paid the new increased dues of […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—JUNE 2005

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1. Work Comp fees—on the wane 2. Can CANS Do More? 3. Free ED Call—also on the wane 1. CANS members face almost certain fee reductions Work comp fees are still our payment oyster but the pearl is getting smaller. As I understand it, the bill to freeze work comp physician payments at their present […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—July 2005

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1. Medical Provider Networks—getting on them 2. New Comp Law—getting used to it 3. EMTALA TAG—getting defensive 4. CMA and MICRA—getting serious 5. Letter to the Editor—getting a view 1. Work Comp insurers use existing panels for MPN’s It would appear that most Work Comp insurers have not had the time or inclination to create […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—SEPTEMBER 2005

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CANS BOARD MEETING 9/17/2005 1. The Few, the Proud, the Members 2. What Are You Worth? 3. Annual Meeting Stuff 4. Do We Get What We Pay For? 5. Guidelines—Jekyll and Hyde 1. Membership increasingly selective As we pass the equinox, further dues are not likely to be paid so the 55 active members and […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—OCTOBER 2005

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1. Lobbying: next chapter 2. Artificial Disc 3. Annual Meeting Info 4. Guidelines: next chapter 5. Follow Ups 6. ED Coverage 1. News from the Lobbyist Front In response to a letter sent by President Edwards expressing our concern about lobbyist Mike Mattoch’s lack of communication with us, Norwood Associates responded with a 3 page […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—NOVEMBER 2005

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1. Our Friend the Hospital 2. Our Friend the JCAHO 3. Our Friends the Insurers 4. Our Friends the CMA and the Governor 5. Our Real Friend: CANS 1. Our Friend the Hospital: Sneak Attack As you may know, the California Hospital Association is sponsoring an initiative for the next ballot that would increase tobacco […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—NOVEMBER 2005

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1. Our Friend the Hospital 2. Our Friend the JCAHO 3. Our Friends the Insurers 4. Our Friends the CMA and the Governor 4. Our Real Friend: CANS 1. Our Friend the Hospital: Sneak Attack As you may know, the California Hospital Association is sponsoring an initiative for the next ballot that would increase tobacco […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—DECEMBER 2005

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1. Comp fees go up—good for some 2. Annual meeting—good for all 3. Personal note—not very good but what the heck 1. WORK COMP LEGAL FEE SCHEDULE: It’s about time The near final iteration of a new Work Comp medical-legal fee schedule was recently circulated which includes an increase in fees for those of us […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—January 2006

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1. CANS—round 1—Board meeting 2. CANS—round 2—Annual meeting 3. CANS—round 3—President’s Message 4. CANS—round 4—Officers for 2006 1. CANS in San Diego —the Board meeting I am always impressed with how much time it takes for volunteer Boards of Directors of professional organizations to have a meeting. But if one recognizes that meetings of the […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER-FEBRUARY 2006

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1. State Comp goes Blue 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. An Apology and a Goodbye 1. SCIF dumps its preferred providers; MPN now Blue Cross PPN The State Compensation Insurance Fund has deep sixed its own Preferred Provider Network (PPN) and will, as of May 1st, force physicians presently in the […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—MARCH 2006

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1. All is well on Work Comp provider scene—for now. 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. CSNS Resolutions 1. CWCI finds no Work Comp physician exodus—yet. It is noted that the California Workers Compensation Institute has released a study indicating there has been no exodus of providers to care for injured workers. […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER-MARCH 2006

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1. All is well on Work Comp provider scene-for now. 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. CSNS Resolutions 1. CWCI finds no Work Comp physician exodus—yet. It is noted that the California Workers Compensation Institute has released a study indicating there has been no exodus of providers to care for injured workers. […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—April 2006

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1. CANS Board Meeting Notes 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. CSNS and AANS actions in San Francisco 1. Board makes some decisions worth knowing At the April 8th meeting of the Board of Directors, multiple noteworthy issues were addressed: a. Lost Members The Newsletter editor was asked to publish the names […]

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CANS NEWSLETTER—May 2006

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1. Malpractice Insurance Premiums 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. Work Comp Goings On 1. Med mal premiums; just the facts, M’am. A very cogent piece about the cause of high medical malpractice premiums was presented by Alex Tabarrok in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial. He makes a great argument for […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—June 2006

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1. Injured Worker Kills Attorney 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. CANS at the Crossroads 1. The Doc at risk—be careful out there. The rather disturbing news that a disgruntled injured worker shot and killed his comp attorney in his Santa Cruz office brings to mind that we docs who make determinations […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—July 2006

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1. CANS Board Pow-Wow 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. News Briefs 1. Board Lowers Dues; Future Focus on Economics The CANS Board of Directors held a special meeting on 7/22/06 to consider the organization’s future. Rejected out of hand was dissolution since CANS constitutes the only voice for California neurosurgery and […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—August 2006

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1. Your Position of Office Manager 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. News Briefs 1. Harassment Risk CANS members probably should know about AB 1825, a California statute requiring supervisors or managers of companies with 50 or more employees (full time, part time and temps) to receive 2 hours of training every […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—September 2006

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1. The Board Meeting 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. Other News 1. Prop. 86 dominates Board Meeting. The Board of Directors met last Saturday the 23rd in Oakland . The most glaring absentee was Janine Tash, our Executive Secretary, who was occupied with the funeral for her mother who died suddenly […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—Oct 2006

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1. New Work Comp Surgeon’s Fee Schedule 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. Other News 1. Work Comp Fee Schedule, etc. The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) says it will begin working in about two months on an update to the Official Medical Fee Schedule that would tie physician’s fees to […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—November 2006

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1. New Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule 2. President’s Message 3. Report from Executive Secretary 4. Other News 1. Med Mal—What You Can Learn This writer recently reviewed a book about medical malpractice for another publication that is worth your time and money. The book tries to teach a bit of law dumbed down for docs […]

CANS NEWSLETTER—December 2006

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1. New Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule2. President’s Message3. Report from Executive Secretary4. Other News 1. DWC Plans E&M Codes Increase—Surgery Fees Changes Coming Later The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has dropped the first shoe and proposed increases for Evaluation and Management codes to take effect as of 2/15/2007 . The increases were felt to […]