Medical Legal Consulting News, September 2014
IN THIS ISSUE:
- MLCS “Believe It or Not”: Conventional vs. Investigational
Welcome to the September edition of MLCS e-news! Since our last e-news issue, MLCS has had a long “growing season” of staff development. We are also excited about our upgraded website, which will be launching soon.
In this installment of our “Believe It or Not” series, we introduce the topic of experimental, investigational, unusual and typically non-reimbursable diagnostics and treatment that we have found in personal injury record reviews. To stretch out the summer fun, the article content is integrated within our ever-so-popular vocabulary quiz!
Linda Luedtke, RN, MSN
President and Director of Consulting Services
MLCS “Believe It or Not”: Conventional vs. Investigational
Medical terminology and documentation used for unusual investigational diagnostics and treatments can be very similar to that of conventional procedures routinely covered by accident and health insurance policies. The MLCS nurse uses current medical literature in addition to clinical experience to thoroughly vet such scenarios, providing insight and clarity to the medical records review.
Test your knowledge of the real and make believe:
1. Which of the following laser treatments would likely be considered investigational?
A. Therapeutic laser
B. Low level laser therapy
C. Laser phototherapy
D. YAG laser
2. Can you explain the difference between these therapy modalities?
A. Dry hydrotherapy
B. Pool therapy
C. Water massage
D. Aquatic physiotherapy
3. Are these treatments real procedures?
A. Autologous epidural blood patch
B. Platelet rich plasma therapy
C. Ultraviolet blood irradiation
4. Do you know these diagnostics?