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Disability Insurance Doctors Must Exercise Reasonable Care

In Arizona, although a formal doctor-patient relationship does not exist between an Independent Medical Examination (IME) doctor and a disability claimant, the IME doctor may still be liable if he fails to exercise reasonable care while administering the IME.  Ritchie v. … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Disability Claim (Mistake #6)

MISTAKE NO. 6: Engaging in Inadequate Communication with Treating Physician Physicians should not immediately inform their treatment provider that they are considering applying for a disability insurance benefit. They should wait until after several visits. Because physicians often hesitate to … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Disability Claim (Mistake #7)

Next in the list of The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Claim for Disability: MISTAKE NO. 7: Quantifying Time Insurance companies ask physicians to quantify their time among activities and then investigate whether the physician is … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Disability Claim (Mistake #8)

Next in the series of the the 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Claim for Disability is Mistake #8: MISTAKE NO. 8: Ignoring the Possibility of Surveillance Insurers commonly use surveillance to catch physicians who have filed … Continue reading

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Presenteeism: When Doctors Don’t See Doctors

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that presenteeism—working while sick—has reached epidemic proportions among doctors. The study found that three out of five residents had continued working while sick.  At one hospital, 100% of … Continue reading

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In Today’s Uncertain Financial Environment, How Difficult Will It Be for You to Collect on Your Disability Policy?

In the July/August 2010 edition of The Journal of Medical Practice Management, Ed Comitz discusses the difficulties that physicians face in collecting under their disability insurance policies in today’s economy. The full article is indexed in Medline and can also … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Disability Claim (Mistake #9)

Continuing with the countdown of The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Claim for Disability: MISTAKE NO. 9: Accepting the Insurer’s Statement that Subjectively Diagnosed Conditions Are Not Covered Disability insurance companies commonly insist that subjective symptoms, … Continue reading

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Insurers Pressure Claimants to “Return to Work”

When a personal return to work plan has been developed between a disability insurance claimant, his doctor, and his attorney, it can be both useful and empowering. But insurers often use their own return to work plans to pressure claimants … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Disability Claim (Mistake #10)

In this series of posts, we are counting down the the 10 biggest mistakes that physicians make when filing disability claims. MISTAKE NO. 10: Tossing Out Application, Policy, and Claims Documents Physicians need to keep copies of all records pertaining … Continue reading

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Regulate Yourself: Physicians Underreport Impaired Colleagues

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that physicians often do not report colleagues suffering from a disability. Patients are instead forced to rely upon their doctor’s own assessment of his health; this can endanger patients … Continue reading

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