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    PI Email Alert - May 31, 2017
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Commonly Accepted Guidelines for Treatment of Whiplash Injuries: The Croft Form

5 Grades of severity are listed with explanations and recommended frequency of care. This is a time tested and trusted form. 

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If you saw your pre-accident patient within 3 years of the accident, you must use CPT Code 99213 or 99214 for 90% of moderate to severe accident cases. Otherwise, if it's a real "new" patient you would use CPT Code 99203-99204.
Our thanks to Dr. Kevin Cressey of Pasadena.

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OC Verdict with Smart DC Management

Susan, 29 was driving her 2001 BMW sedan in Orange. While her car was stopped waiting to turn left into a driveway, her car was rear-ended by a Cadillac Escalade SUV.
Defendant admitted liability but claimed care and treatment was grossly exaggerated.
Susan claimed she experienced severe pain in her neck, upper-back and right arm. She was diagnosed with bulging cervical discs, bulging thoracic discs, annular tears and a dislocated biceps tendon. Susan was referred by her DC for facet and epidural injections.
Total medical bills were $37,584 + Loss of Earnings. The case resolved at $97,500.

Susan Debruyne vs. BuiOC Superior Court 30-2016-00836245, March 23, 2017

  • This was a moderate impact without an ambulance, nor ER and Susan is only 29. Still the DC suspected disc involvement and wisely ordered MRI's
  • With unusual intractable pain the DC referred patient to a Pain Specialist- who insisted on more chiropractic care - then after more therapy provided facet and epidural shots.
  • Note the Loss of Earnings carried much weight in this case. Often LOE can improve value over 50%.
Zurich Insurance starts using robots to decide personal injury claims

Tom de Swaan bragged to Reuters that Zurich recently introduced Artificial Intelligence into deciding personal injury claims. He claimed it cut their "processing" time from hours to seconds. Moreover, he claimed it "saves 40,000 work hours. We absolutely plan to expand the use of this type of AI [artificial intelligence]."
"Accuracy has improved. Each new claim leads to further development and improvements, "says de Swaan.
Japanese insurer Fukoku Mutual began implementing AI in January replacing 34 staff members in a move that would save 1.3 million a year.
US Legal News May 18, 2017 by Brenna Neghaiwi & John O'Donnell
This is the latest feature of Colossus. Fewer adjusters to negotiate with and more robots to "discusst" key issues with. 

Such "negotiations" will be fruitless. Soon, insurers will want to hire robotic defense attorneys---although many defense attorneys already act like automatons.

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