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AMA Guides® to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems add to my favorites
Publication Date:                 February 2016
Size and Binding:                Softbound, 6" x 9", 191 pages
Item #:                                 OP539015
ISBN:                                   978-1-62202-374-5
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AMA Guides® to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems: Essentials for the Health Care Professional was written for front-line health care professionals—primary care physicians, specialists, and psychologists—who do not have specialized training in evaluating patients with regard to work capacity, but who often find themselves facing patients who believe they are unable to work because of a health condition.

Written by front-line physicians with long histories of working in disability evaluation, this guide dispels confusion and misconceptions. It also addresses the human issues of work ability and return to work, promoting health by promoting work, and communicating with patients, employers, and insurers.

Features and Benefits
  • An introduction to disability evaluation as it interfaces with the legal system
  • Insights for dealing with disability systems and benefit issues
  • Guidance on navigating common forms
  • Family and Medical Leave Act insights
  • Social Security disability guidance
  • Workers’ compensation and private disability insurance claims advice
  • Forms and questionnaires 
AMA Guides® to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation, second edition add to my favorites
Publication Date:                   July 2013
Size and Binding:                  Softbound, 7" × 10",
Page Count:                          500 pages
Item #:                                   OP210313
ISBN:                                     978-1-60359-868-2
List Price:                              $99.95 
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This second edition publication is an essential resource for health care professionals who need to make informed, evidence-based decisions that determine causation for injury and work-related conditions. Users are able to strengthen their opinion by linking clinical findings to a specific cause—whether related to the workplace, genetic makeup, a unique event or a combination of factors. Professionals can provide an informed opinion on workers’ compensation or disability cases based on a careful review of an individual’s clinical findings when linking (or not linking) the condition in question to medical evidence.

Features and Benefits
  • Four new chapters: Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Obstetric and Hematology-Oncology
  • Updated approaches and references from more than 20 new contributors
  • Implications of unemployment, medication, work aspects and driving
  • Forms that can be used to communicate return to work guidelines
  • Disclaimers to use when writing return to work guidelines
  • Tips on negotiating with patients
  • Current science on functional capacity evaluations
  • Chapters organized by body system, making it easy to use as a reference text for a particular system or diagnosis
  • Tables contain recommended disability durations by diagnosis
  • The Cardiopulmonary chapter has been divided into separate cardiac and pulmonary chapters
  • Tackles the issues of occupational and non-occupational, evidence-based causation
  • Case examples that serve as powerful learning tools to physicians and other health care professionals who provide input to medical determinations 
AMA Guides® to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition add to my favorites
Publication Date:                   November 2000
Size and Binding:                  Hardcover, 8½" x 11", 613 pages
Item #:                                   OP025400
ISBN:                                     978-1-57947-085-8
List Price:                              $199.75 
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From its inception in 1971, the AMA Guides quickly became the acknowledged authority in its field.  The new edition of Guides carries on this legacy, giving practitioners and non-medical professionals an updated standard in quality evaluations.  It is the approved uniform way to evaluate, measure and report impairment.
 
This edition incorporates the latest diagnostic criteria, using the most current scientific evidence from each specialty and a clinical consensus. It was developed by experts representing the major medical specialties. It covers all body systems and contains significant improvements in major chapters including cardiology, respiratory, musculoskeletal and skin.  New conditions covered include HIV and latex allergy.  In addition, this edition offers user-friendly formatting with consistency among chapters, and improved references and bibliography.  Guides is legally mandated or recommended for use in 40 states, and is also used in Australia and Canada.

Features and Benefits
  • Enhanced coverage of chronic pain assessment
  • Information on common conditions and diseases, including HIV and latex allergy
  • Treatment and assessment considerations involving cardiology, dermatology, ocular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems
  • Standardized formatting across topics
Target Market
Physicians, chiropractors, occupational therapists, nurses, physical therapists, attorneys, case managers, claims adjusters and insurers
AMA Guides® to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition add to my favorites
Publication Date:                   November 2007
Size and Binding:                  Hardcover, 8½" x 11", 630 pages
Item #:                                   OP025407
ISBN:                                     978-1-57947-888-9
List Price:                              $194.00 
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Widely accepted as the most reliable medical reference on impairment evaluation since its inception in 1971, the Guides is highly valued by physicians who use its authoritative chapters to determine how to assess for impairment. The new edition of the Guides continues to build from this legacy by focusing on physician interrater reliability through an updated consensus approach that considers the latest evidence and patient function. The result is a new standard that seeks to evaluate impairment using a series of uniform grids for each chapter.
 
Covering every body system, the Sixth Edition provides a standardized approach to determine impairment assessment using patient history, physical examination and clinical tests. Uniformity and ease of use is stressed to provide a consistent rating for conditions in each of the body systems using evidence based methodologies and, when lacking, a consensus approach.
 
Features and Benefits
  • Required clinical information needed to rate a given condition
  • Contemporary, evidence-based concepts and terminology of disablement from the ICF
  • Standardized approach across organ systems and chapters that allows evaluators to document functional assessment, clinical tests and physical findings
  • Uniform grids for each organ system that arrange commonly used ICD-9 diagnoses within the five classes of impairment severity, according to the consensus-based dominant criterion
  • Step-by-step grading instructions in each chapter to promote consistent scoring
Target Market
Physicians, chiropractors, occupational therapists, nurses, physical therapists, attorneys, case managers, claims adjusters and insurers
AMA Guides® to the Evaluation of Work Ability and Return to Work, second edition add to my favorites
Publication Date:                   April 2010
Size and Binding:                  Softbound, 6" x 9", 500 pages
Item #:                                   OP324011
ISBN:                                     978-1-60359-530-8
List Price:                              $79.95 
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Risk, capacity and tolerance. Once understood, these three “return to work”-related issues can help guide physicians through work- and ability-related cases for numerous diagnoses and body systems. Structured with these themes in mind, this easy-to-read publication includes the latest medical literature reviewed by experts and step-by-step guidance to help negotiate return to work cases.

Updated from the bestselling first edition published in 2005, this highly anticipated second edition includes forms that can be used to communicate return to work guidelines, disclaimers to use when writing guidelines and current science on functional capacity evaluations.

Features and Benefits
  • Four new chapters: Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Obstetric and Hematology-Oncology
  • Updated approaches and references from more than 20 new contributors
  • Implications of unemployment, medication, work aspects and driving
  • Forms that can be used to communicate return to work guidelines
  • Disclaimers to use when writing return to work guidelines
  • Tips on negotiating with patients
  • Current science on functional capacity evaluations
  • Chapters organized by body system, making it easy to use as a reference text for a particular system or diagnosis
  • Tables contain recommended disability durations by diagnosis
  • The Cardiopulmonary chapter has been divided into separate cardiac and pulmonary chapters
Medical Record Auditor, fourth edition A guide to improving clinical documentation in a changing health environment add to my favorites
Publisher:                                American Medical Association
Publication Date:                     March 2015
Binding and Size:                    Softbound, 8½" × 11"
Page Count:                            Approx. 500
Item Number:                          OP301014
ISBN:                                       978-1-62202-101-7
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Providing in-depth guidance for proper review of medical documentation
in today’s changing medical environment, this fourth edition is full of new
content. New topics include electronic health records (EHR), ICD-10 coding,
Health Information Management and many other issues essential for
maintaining compliance.

Learn critical auditing fundamentals, read dozens of case studies, use the
checkpoint exercises to test your knowledge, and download actual audit
forms to help improve your process.
  • New content addresses EHRs, ICD-10 coding and more
  • Downloadable forms. One copy of each audit form is included, but all forms are downloadable from website
  • Case studies. Ten different specialties are featured with over 80 total case studies
  • Checkpoint exercises. Test your knowledge to confirm comprehension of new content
  • Cases, chapters, direction for electronic health record (EHR) auditing
  • Chapter on clinical documentation improvement (CDI)
  • Downloadable audit forms
  • Evaluation and management E/M case studies for the office setting
  • Surgery audit cases
  • Ancillary services audit cases (anesthesiology, radiology, physical therapy)
  • Downloadable instructor materials
Transition to the AMA Guides® Sixth add to my favorites
Publication Date:                 2009
Size and Binding:                Softbound, 6" x 9", 429 pages
Item Number:                      OP840509
ISBN:                                   978-1-60359-110-2
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Ease your transition from AMA Guides® Fifth to AMA Guides® Sixth by first understanding and assessing the overview, conceptual changes and key changes in the impairment evaluations. Ideal, not only for physicians, but attorneys, insurers, policy makers, legislators and executive branch government officials, as well as administrative personnel in government mandated public or private reimbursement systems. Allow medical and disability professionals help you assess the changes and controversies with the Guides Sixth.

Transition to the AMA Guides Sixth equips you with the necessary tools to quickly assimilate and understand the changes associated with the Guides Sixth.

Features and Benefits
  • A summary of the new approach modeled after the International Classification
  •  Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Standardized assessment of activities of daily living (ADLs) and how the approach has evolved
  • Quick reference tables that compare and contrast changes between the Guides Fifth and the Guides Sixth
  • Key points and changes that detail the impact of each chapter
  • Chapters and sections that summarize each body system, mirroring the Guides Sixth
  • Medical and legal tips that highlight and promote deeper understanding of the impairment assessment methodology and its impairment ratings
  • A state-by-state legal analysis of workers' compensation statutes and interpretations of the Guide